The Retro Renovation® Encyclopedia of Vintage Steel Kitchen Cabinets

From Ace & Acme to Yorktown & Youngstown:
Our guide to 80 brands of metal kitchen
cabinets made after World War II

pam kueber with republic kitchen cabinet setNOTE: I am in the process of working to integrate all existing research on to this page –it’s gonna take a while!

The product that started it all — the blog, that is: Vintage steel kitchen cabinets. I wanted to renovate my kitchen. Vintage steel kitchen cabinets entered my consciousness. I went on a five-year quest to find a set. Along the way I also obsessively researched how to put a 1950s-1960s kitchen together. When I was all done, it turned out so well that I started the blog to share what I had learned. In my cabinet-quest, I already had identified many brands of steel kitchen cabinets made back in the day. And in the years since — very often with the help of readers — we have identified a total of 80 different brands of metal kitchen cabinets built before, during but most after World War II — 79 brands of steel, one brand of aluminum; 75 brands in the U.S., four brands in the U.K., one brand in Australia. postwar-steel-intro-photo.jpg

First up, please read:

Then dive in:

80 brands of metal kitchen cabinets — pretty amazing, huh!

  1. Ace
  2. Acme Metal Products Corp.
  3. Admiral
  4. Alden
  5. American
  6. American-Standard
  7. American Central Division
  8. Ampco
  9. Anemone Kitchen Furnishings (U.K.)
  10. Art Metal Cabinets
  11. Beautycraft Custom
  12. Beauty Queen
  13. Berger
  14. Briggs Beautyware
  15. Capitol
  16. Columbia
  17. Cox
  18.  Crane
  19. Crosley
  20. Dieterich Steel Cabinet Corp.
  21. Dupont-Dulux
  22. Elgin
  23. English Rose (U.K.)
  24. Frigidaire
  25. GE
  26. Geneva
  27. Gennesee
  28. Hotpoint
  29. Harrison Steel Cabinet Co.
  30. Hobart
  31. Hoffman
  32. Homart
  33. J&L Steel
  34. Jamestown
  35. John Lewis of Hungerford Creme de la Creme (U.K., made today)
  36. Jubilee
  37. KBC
  38. King
  39. Kirby (Australia)
  40. Kitchen Kraft
  41. Kitchen Queen
  42. Kelvinator
  43. Kohler
  44. Lyon
  45. Leisure Made
  46. Marvel
  47. Morton
  48. Midwest Mfg. Company
  49. Morgan Kitchen Cabinets
  50. Murray

  51. Miller Metal Proucts, Inc.
  52. Morhand Kitchens
  53. Montgomery Ward
  54. Olympia Aluminum Kitchen Kabinets
  55. Palace
  56. Palley Manufacturing Co.
  57. Paul (U.K.)
  58. Peerless-Mayer
  59. RCA-Whirlpool
  60. Regency
  61. Republic
  62. Reynolds
  63. Roberts & Mander Corp.
  64. St. Charles
  65. Servel, Inc.
  66. Sears
  67. Shirley All-Steel Kitchens and bathroom cabinets

  68. Signature
  69. Stewart
  70. Swanco
  71. Thriftee
  72. Tracy
  73. Universal-Rundle
  74. United Lifetime Kitchens
  75. United Metal Cabinet Corp.
  76. Westinghouse
  77. Walters
  78. Whitehead Monel
  79. Yorktown
  80. Youngstown

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  1. Dennis says

    Just noticed that Holly Golightly’s kitchen has metal cabinets in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Couldn’t tell which manufacturer.

  2. Carolyn H says

    I have a Beauty Queen metal sink base cabinet with a porcelian drain board sink. We are in the process of renovating our kitchen and have removed all of the wood cabinets. We’re not sure if we want to restore the sink base since it’s rusted through on one side and the bottom has a lot of rust too. We plan to have the sink restored because I love that old sink so much.

  3. Charlotte says

    When we purchased our cabin, it came with a steel base cabinet. The sink is recessed on top (not a porcelain top) . The only name or identifying information I can find on it is “Blackhawk” on a large name plate across the front. I didn’t see Blackhawk on your list of cabinets and Google hasn’t been of any help to me. Has anyone heard of Blackhawk? Is it a model and not a manufacturer? Any information would be appreciated.
    Thank you

  4. Erin says

    You sound like a great resource. We have several brands of vintage metal cabinets that we have been installing in our house. We are missing several of the ball stud catches as well as the piece they fit into (whatever that’s called). Any suggestions on where to find replacements parts. I’ve been unsuccessful in locating any. Thanks!

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