The Druggist’s Apothecary Cabinet

I’ve been patiently awaiting the discovery of the perfect vintage storage piece for my future barn studio. I was in search of it when I found this antique hardware cabinet at the flea market recently, and though it’s going to make one incredible organizer, I knew it wasn’t the piece. Just the other day, while shopping in one of my favorite stores in town- Sienna Antiques, I heard a sweet sound from the third floor. I made my way up and there she was, gently calling to me. Not only was she on sale, but the kind dealer dropped the price for me just a bit more to make the whole deal happen at half the original price. (Thanks Cindy!) The piece has a 25-drawer base and two glass sliding doors opening to the shelving unit. (I’ll need to have a few extra shelves cut to match.) The two pieces stacked stand nearly 8-feet tall and stretch 6-feet wide. Each drawer handle hardware has recessed framed areas for labeling. The cabinet is now safely stored in my garage awaiting it’s new home this fall.

We could guess all day what it’s original use was, but no need since the druggist’s labels are still in the drawers!

With a bit of research I found one of the products, Wanous Shampoo Bags, at it’s drawer’s same price in the Register of Women’s Clubs book of 1916. Speaking of research…Check out the cabinet I mention in the first paragraph above. A very kind reader did a bit of research on my behalf and you won’t believe what we found out about it. You’ll find the story in the comments of that post.

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14 Responses to The Druggist’s Apothecary Cabinet

  1. #1 - Nicole Reese says:

    Love it! Super Jealous!

  2. #2 - Stephanie says:

    Cathe, this is gorgeous! Dreamy, creamy & naturally chippy… Can’t wait to see it in its new home and loaded up!

  3. #3 - Denise says:

    ooh, you are so lucky, Cathe!!!! This one reminds me so much of a little “preserved” drugstore in downtown Carmel, CA. I just loved it. They had all kinds of vintage pieces from drugstore days gone by. Including cabinets like yours, but stocked with all the modern wants and needs :) Enjoy it!!

  4. This is such a beautiful cabinet, Cathe…a wonderful find!

  5. #5 - Sonja says:

    Simply adore this. I would love to have one like this in my craft room. Great find.

  6. #6 - maybaby says:

    Oh my, between this and that other wonderful piece your new work space is going to be amazing! Instead of having more shelves made, could you line that area with cork and use for an inspiration board? Or put up hooks to hang things? The possibilities are endless!

  7. #7 - maybaby says:

    One more thing, can you safely remove the old labels to scan and use in projects? Since they are still there, after all of these years, I am guessing that might be tough…

  8. #8 - wendy says:

    as usual, your eagle eyes and eternal patience have rewarded you. i am so jealous! maybe the double sided, glass fronted cabinet that i once had was a relative? you must post photos when it is filled with cathe goodies and your studio space is completed. i will be even more envious of it then. good luck friend! xoxo.w.

  9. #9 - marysworkshop says:

    Oh, it’s a beauty!

  10. #10 - Lola G. says:

    What a thing of beauty – and those labels are a sweet bonus!

  11. #11 - Jennifer rizzo says:

    That is the coolest cabinet ever. It will be perfect for all of your things!

  12. Wow…just wow. I love this piece. Wow.

  13. #13 - Beth says:

    Beautiful cabinet, Cathe.

  14. #14 - Suzonne says:

    I am SOOOOOOO jealous!!