Forum reader U.K. Alison asked if someone could help her ship vintage steel cabinets overseas, so I made sure she knew about English Rose cabinets first.
I keep losing this information — and keep having to ask Scathing Jane for it — so I thought I better post it for infinity and beyond. Thanks, Scathing Jane, we hope to see that fabulous St. Charles kitchen reno soon!
Vintage English Rose cabinets (like those above) have a fascinating history: The first English Rose kitchen was made in Warwickshire in 1948, just a stone’s throw from the Wrights’ house, by CSA Industries, an engineering firm that originally made nose cones for Spitfires. After the war ended, CSA used stock-piles of aircraft-grade aluminium by diversifying into up-market kitchens.
Readers in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe can get them via “Salvo web” listings, and there seems to be at least one place that refurbishes them (as in this photo): http://www.source-antiques.co.uk/kitchens/
- My post on John Lewis of Hungerford for authentic reproductions.
- The post on how English Roses resemble Beauty Queens.
- And the post on similarities with American cabinets.