Maltese finish “…like that of a frosted silver blue mink.”
Next up in our continuing series of vintage 1960s Stanley Furniture catalogs scanned by the company exclusively for Retro Renovation: Here is a 10-page catalog of the “Theme II” line. This is a very decorative design — the applied swirlies make it easily recognizable (assuming there no knockoffs.)
Above: In my original story about Stanley Furniture, I reported on a recent project by the company today to collect vintage examples of some of their beautiful old designs and completely refurbish them for sale at major industry trade shows. In this example, Stanley stained the Theme II dresser darker and lacquered the door and drawers. This is a popular look today.
Two stain finishes for vintage Stanley Theme II furniture
Theme II furniture was finished with pecan veneers. And the catalog describes two original stain colors available for the Stanley Furniture Theme II line. One of them — Maltese — “…like that of a frosted silver blue mink” — sounds like what we call “pickling” today. I think. Golly, I would LOVE to see that one. From the catalog:
Theme II is offered in two new and exciting colors — Maltese and Pecan. The unusual color of Maltese, like that of a frosted silver blue mink, has a feeling of freshness and the attitude of acceptance. The Pecan finish is a mellow warm brown color which brings out the richness of the Pecan veneers….”
“The attitude of acceptance”? I am feeling a “Keeping up with Joneses” vibe from this copywriter. Resist! Resist! Resist! Damned copywriters!
Knowledgeable readers schooled in the history of design, can you venture: Under what category are we supposed to classify this style design? This line reminds me of Broyhill Brasilia… except it (Theme II) is done with a heavier hand.
What fun! Many thanks to Stanley Furniture for providing these wonderful archival materials!
What a wonderful addition to our archive of vintage Furniture Catalogs!
Slide show of Stanley Furniture Theme II furniture line:
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