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    At the #DCPenShow I bought one of the GoPens pen trays for this cabinet. (If you have any idea what this cabinet was originally made/used for Iíd love to learn.)

    My goal: never need to buy another tray because my collection exceeds the space!

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    Default Re: GoPens Pen Tray

    Oh, what a beautiful case!!!


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    I wonder if it could have originally been made for use in a Post Office for stationery, letters and stamps. Those look like small racks for postcards, letters or envelopes. Does that wooden panel pull down as a roller to close at the bottom?
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    Iíve wondered if it was used in someway for stationary. 🤔

    That top panel (one panel of wood) pulls straight out then tilts down to cover the front.

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    Default Re: GoPens Pen Tray

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Dillon View Post
    Iíve wondered if it was used in someway for stationary. 🤔

    That top panel (one panel of wood) pulls straight out then tilts down to cover the front.
    OK it's not a roller panel then. It looks like it was a specially made cabinet by someone who wanted it for a specific purpose.
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    Default Re: GoPens Pen Tray

    Chrissy after your question about the top I took a look and with the right lighting/angle and I can faintly see some letters! Iíve never seen that before!

    Hereís what I have discovered by googling the letters I could guess at: itís made for or by Dill & Collins. They were paper makers around 1900. One site refers to a similar one, with less drawers, as a desk organizer for envelopes and paper.

    Itís so cool...Iím actually kind of using it for how it was intended over a century ago.

    Thanks so much for asking about it as I wouldnít have looked and maybe never discovered the lettering. (Itís really hard to see)
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    Default Re: GoPens Pen Tray

    Did Dill & Collins become Collins later on by any chance? Publisher of dictionaries and school texts?

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    Beautiful cabinet, I would restore it carefully !

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    👍 I have sooo many projects Iíd like to do but itís definitely in my mind to do that one day.

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    Love the go-pens trays. You can make virtually anything into a pen display or storage box. I use acrylic drawers from TJ Maxx.

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    Default Re: GoPens Pen Tray

    I found this reference https://www.worldcat.org/title/dill-.../oclc/48698381

    It may be a drawer for paper samples. The shop/sales person would take the drawer around and use it to sell the wares.

    Here's a delightful little book showing what they did with the paper from 1918 https://archive.org/stream/someexamp...age/6/mode/2up

    The book also describes the paper types, and what they were used for.
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    Default Re: GoPens Pen Tray

    Thank you Sandy for your posts!

    Those little cubbies at the top used for wrapped samples makes sense. They are basically useless for anything Iíve tried. I wish they were a bit larger to hold envelopes but someday I may discover a use.

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