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Restoring an old ATF
These are the side pieces of the ATF City Case Stand which we will be restoring.
Note the extra details of the City Stand - the slots and runners.
It is prepared to hold two cases firmly on the top as well as a "type bank" board beneath each of the cases. When there is no case in place - or when the lower case is slid up, forms and other items stored on the type bank can be accessed.
A permanent shelf below the upper case can also be accessed after the case is put away. This is a convenient place to keep leads and slugs, etc...
Note also that at the bottom, there is a cross-piece that does not quite match. This is part of a riser (repair?) that was added to this rack long ago - long ago enough that the soft wood used had many years to be damaged by moisture. We will replace this with risers made of Maple or another hard wood that will hold up well for the next 50-100 years. Hamilton used Elm.
We've removed this side's risers
and have begun cleaning up and sanding the
The wood is very dry and will benefit from a good dose of boiled linseed oil...
The new risers/base blocks will be made of hard wood so that they last much longer than the soft-wood patch that was attached many years ago.
We measured the Stand and discovered that it is 4" lower than when it was new. That suggests that the bottom 4" were lost to water damage and these 4" risers were added to repair the cabinet - but that was a long, long time ago and the new soft-wood risers have also deteriorated and will be replaced.
Hamilton shipped this stand to the ATF office in New York City - note the address stenciled on the side of the rack. An interesting note in dating this piece is that the General Offices of ATF had already been moved from Williams Street to Jersey City by 1906*.
Unless, they continued to ship product from the Williams Street location, this City Stand may have been made - and shipped to ATF prior to 1906. - Hardly conclusive, but interesting...
* ref Circuitous Route.
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