How to Date Your Hoosier

Helpful Clues to Determine the Age of Your Coppes Hoosier Cabinet

Restored Coppes Napanee hardwood CabinetFirst, a word about the term “Hoosier Cabinets:” this is a broad category term that implies a style of cabinet that was manufactured in or near the state of Indiana. Most of the older free-standing style of kitchen cabinets were actually made in or near Indiana and therefor can be rightly called “Hoosier Cabinets,” but they should also be identified by their specific manufacturer. Here at Coppes Commons we have collected more than 70 names of different companies that produced kitchen cabinets that are easily grouped within the Hoosier Cabinets style. This information was found in advertising in magazines, in the antique markets, or listings on Ebay. The list can be found at the bottom of this page.

The period of manufacture for Hoosier Cabinets begins before 1900 and lasts till the 2nd World War, a period of approx. 40 years, until the modern built-in kitchen cabinets took over the business. Some of the companies that made this “HOOSIER” style of kitchen cabinet likely followed the growing popularity of the new kitchen cabinets. They may have already been in the general furniture manufacturing business and just added kitchen cabinets because the general public wanted the new style of kitchen cabinets. Here at Coppes, we continued to produce the Napanee line of kitchen cabinets (Hoosier style) while making and selling the modern style of cabinet–wall hung units with long, straight countertops on the base cabinets. There are a lot of similarities in the Hoosiser style kitchen cabinet, most likely because companies borrowed ideas from the examples on the market. The accessories such as flour bins, glassware, and sheet metal parts were likely purchased from wholesalers who sold to several companies.

To confuse the issue further, there was a large kitchen cabinet company in New Castle, Indiana that was named “The Hoosier Manufacturing Company.” So, when people ask “is that a Hoosier”, do they mean the Hoosier Mfg. Co. or a style of cabinet? Confusing.

The factory that made the Coppes Dutch Kitchenet and or Napanee cabinets, has a long history. It began with a sawmill in 1876 and is still in business today(2019), manufacturing kitchens. To read more about the history of the Coppes companies, visit the “Our Story” page on our site.

To identify the exact date of manufacture for a Coppes Napanee kitchen is difficult without access to our large collection of company catalogs. The model numbers changed quickly. In the approximately 40 years that the Hoosier style kitchen cabinets were mfg. by Coppes Napanee, we have counted more than 300 different model numbers. As you may guess, the actual changes to the different models were sometimes small. The addition of a cutting board, the style of legs, for example, or a different mfg. process would change the model number. Please remember, there is no hard and exact rule for dating these cabinets. Custom orders could be made at any time, also they wisely continued to use up existing parts and supplies even if the cabinet model number had changed. The catalogs may not have reflected the exact date in a change of model number. Dating kitchen cabinets is not like dating automobiles. Newer models did not always begin in the fall of the coming calendar year. To peruse some of our catalogs, visit our Catalogs page. Coppes Dutch Kitchenets usually had a metal name tag nailed somewhere on the front. There may also be a paper label on the back, top & bottom. In addition, the model number, color, or Stencil style were handwritten on the back with a thick ink type brush.

Things to look for in dating a Coppes Napanee

1st-Type of original finish
2nd-Metal tag on the cabinet
3rd-How was the cabinet assembled?
4th-Style of flour bin

1st: What type of original finish was on the piece?

The earliest cabinets had a clear finish, such as shellac or lacquer. Painting the cabinets did not start until the 1920s. You could still order a Coppes cabinet with a clear finish (or no finish) after the cabinets started to be painted. The use of a clear finish required a better quality of wood in the construction of the cabinets. White Oak was the most common exterior wood used in Cabinets during this clear finish era (1898-1920) of cabinet manufacture at Coppes Napanee. If you are restoring a cabinet that was painted sometime in it’s history, then you need to decide what it had originally and if you want to keep the paint or do a clear finish.

2nd – Which metal tag is on the Cabinet?

This tag changed when the company changed its name or a special style of cabinet was manufactured. See pictures below of the known examples. Again, the company used one style of tag until they ran out, then started with the newer tag. The years of use are close estimates. We have no knowledge of the exact type of label on the cabinets manufactured by The Nappanee Furniture Co. between 1898-1902 . Likely it would have been a heavy paper label tacked on the back.

1902- 1912

Coppes, Zook & Mutschler Co. The company was already using a misspelling of the town Nappanee on labels (one “p”). At the time it was illegal to use the proper name of a town in advertising a product.

Cabinet Label 1902-1912

1912 – 1913

This tag (COBROOK) we think was used for a short time after the end of the Coppes, Zook, & Mutschler partnership (1912-13).        CO = Coppes, BRO = Brothers, OK = Zook

Cabinet Label 1913

1925 – 1930

This badge was used on full-size cabinets.

1927-1928

The Coppes ELECTRIFIED Cabinet Tag was on a cabinet that Coppes wanted to obtain the U. S. patent for. Unfortunately, they were too late. Other companies had used electricity in different cabinets for lighting and outlets, so the Coppes patent application was turned down.

1913-1935

Coppes Bros. & Zook – Brass with blue background or Aluminum with black or blue. This is the most common tag.

Cabinet Label 1913-1935

1936-1938

The Napanee Kitchen Compact patented cabinet was made 1936-38. This tag has Coppes Inc. , so we know that the company was incorporated after 1936.

Cabinet Label 1936-1937

After 1936

This tag was commonly used on smaller cabinets as well as full size

Cabinet Label 1936

1945-55(approx.)

Coppes Napanee label of the style used on later modern style kitchen cabinets, 3 3/8th in. long.

Cabinet Label 1945-1955

Misc. Badges

Below is a very rare Coppes Bros. and Zook cabinet nameplate. It was used in different years, sometimes in the cabinets of 1937

Cabinet Label 1913-1935

This very thin brass embossed label is a rare tag with unknown dates for use.

Coppes Napanee

Below is the latest logo planned for badges on cabinets made, beginning in 2020:

mast bros tag

Below is an example of a wood burned label used inside drawers on later model kitchens.

Cabinet Label Wood Burned

Examples of reproduction labels of the type sold on EBAY follow.

Cabinet Label Reproduction

Another type of label you may find is a paper label glued on the back (both top & bottom). The labels we have seen have the model number, the finish style or color, and possibly the store that sold the cabinet or the customer. The early cabinets may have the model and other information handwritten with a dark chalk or a black ink type brush.

3rd – How was the cabinet assembled?

These can be a deciding factor in determining who manufactured your cabinet or which company manufactured it. Here are photos of the type of side bracket used on early Coppes Napanee cabinets and a detail photo showing the way the top joint was put together. As a general rule of thumb, remember the methods changed, the styles changed, the materials changed, and using just one factor in judging the age of a cabinet may not be accurate.

4th – What style of flour bin does your Coppes Napanee kitchen cabinet have?

Below are several pictures of cabinets with different flour bins. The exact location of the smaller bins varied in the cabinets. Remember, Coppes likely purchased flour bins from a wholesaler. Other companies could have purchased the same flour bins.

1908 Flour Bin Style 1912 Flour Bin Style
Flour Bin 1908 Flour Bin 1912

1923 Flour Bin Style
Flour Bin 1923

1927 Flour Bin Style Flour Bin 1927

1930 Flour Bin Style
Flour Bin 1930

1932 Flour Bin StyleFlour Bin 1932

1938 Flour Bin Style
Flour Bin 1938

Need More Help?

We get many questions about these kitchen cabinets that people all over the country call by the very common name “Hoosier Cabinets”. We are glad to receive these questions, but we need more information than just the question “Who made my Hoosier Cabinet?”  We need to see the cabinet; send pictures, one of the front (all the front); a picture of the flour bin, or where the flour bin should have been; and any other item you think is important for us to know. Remember that old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”

Disclaimer; We now have a list of 70 different companies (below) that made a kitchen cabinet that could be called a Hoosier Cabinet – a self-contained, free standing cabinet, with a wood/metal work surface and lots of storage.

Send pictures and contact information to bill@coppescommons.com.

Hoosier Cabinet Registry

Do you have a Napanee Dutch Kitchenette? Register yours along with many other proud owners via our Hoosier Cabinet Registry!

Our collected list of Hoosier Cabinet manufacturers:

Abernathy Furniture Co, Kansas City, MO

Acme Kitchen Furniture Co. Chattanooga, Tenn.  Ad. Nov. 1917 Furniture Worker

Ariel Cabinet Company – Peru, Indiana ”Handyhelper”

Austell Furniture Company,  Austell, Georgia   ???

Baines, Mosier Company, Allegan, MICH. Pic. In file

Barnet kitchen Cabinet, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  Ad. from 23 oct 1922

Biederman Mfg. Co.  Spencerville, Ohio (2 roll-ups)

Boone Kitchen Cabinet – Campbell-Smith-Ritchie Co. – Lebanon, Indian

Borden Cabinet Co. The Indiana.  Indianapolis IN.  Ad. from 23 Sept, 1922

Border Kitchen Cabinet,  Bedford, In  1920s  Advertisement

Border Queen Kitchen Cabinet,  Advertisements, 1913-1917

Bosse kitchen Cabinets,  Adv.  1909

Brownbilt kitchen cabinet,  F. K. Cox & Co.  Newmarket, Australia

California Kitchen Cabinet co.  Adv.   1883

Campbell, Smith & Ritchie.  Lebanon, Ad in 1905 Furniture journal

Cardinal Cabinet co.   Wabash, IN,  1913 advertisement

Chambers Kitchen Cabinet, The. , Maryville, TN   ad in 1896

Chatham Kitchen Cabinet,  -Manson Campbell Co, Chatham, Ont (Detroit) 1906  Adv.

Chief Keokuk, The better Kitchen Cabinet,  Akerson-Ringstrom Co. Keokuk, Iowa,  Facebook,GMWAHC

Crawford-Bunch Furniture Co. Statesville, NC.  Ad on P. 48 Sept 1915 St. Louis Furniture News

Colonial Cabinet Co.  St. Louis,   Advertisement from 1915

Conroy’s High-Grade Kitchen Cabinet,   Advertisement from 1909

Culinart, Frankfort, Ind.

Curtis Cabinet Co.  “Curtis woodwork”, Cabinets sold in lumber yards  1935—

Diamond Kitchen Cabinets – Shelbyville, Ind. The C.F. Schmoe Furniture Co. (have adv. & Pic)

Domestic Science kitchen Cabinet,   Adv. From 1927

Dulin Anderson-Dulin Varnell Co. Knoxville, KY. 3 different cabinets Mfg. by Coppes for Dulin

Easiwork Kitchen Cabinet, 242 Tottenham Court Road. LONDON, W. 1. (ebay listing)

Elwell- Minneapolis Furniture Co MN Have pic. In adv. File

Eureka Kitchen Cabinet,  Adv. From 1904

Falcon manufacturing Co. Big Rapids, Mich.  Ad. 1918 Grand Rapids furniture Record

Famous Line Borden Cabinets, BORDEN,  IND.  Metal tag,  Example & Picture in “GMWAHC”

Flemming Kitchen Cabinet,   Made in Vancouver, Canada

Galax Furniture & Lumber Co. Galax, VA. “MFRS. of Kitchen Cabinets, Bed Room Suites & Chiffoniers.”-           — Have photo of cabinet in Antique Mall in Port Shelton, MI

Galox Kitchen Cabinet  (misspelling???)   Adv. From 1914

Glenwood Kitchen Cabinet, Eastern Furniture Co.  Bangor, Maine.—1926 advertisement.

Globe-Bosse-World Furniture Co. “Kitchen Cabinets”.  P. 274, The Furniture Worker Vol. 38,

Greencastle – Greencastle Cabinet Co., Greencastle, Indiana

The Haire Kitchen Cabinet,  The Haire Kitchen Cabinet Co. Bristol, TN

Ham Brothers Mfg. Kitchen Cabinets.  Brandford, Ont.

Helpmate Kitchen Cabinet, Little Rock Furniture Co.  Have adv. in files

  1. J. Scheirich, Louisville, KY, and Scheirich, Louisville, Kentucky.
  2. C. Niemann & Co. Rockwell St. Chicago, IL   Ad in 1905 Furniture Journal

Harris – Brown table Co, Greenwood, Miss — Patented item? Sept 9, 1912

Harrison’s Patent Kitchen Cabinet.   Adv. From 1900

Hartman’s white beauty “Comfort” Kitchen Cabinet No location, tin sign. Adv. 1916

Hastings, Hastings Cabinet Company, Hastings, Michigan. (Alme?)

Hathaway Kitchen Cabinets,  Carbondale, Pa.  Adv. from 1895

Haverty,   Haverty Furniture Co. Atlanta, GA.  cabinet seen on Facebook, 2020

Helpmate Kitchen Cabinet, Made in little Rock,  Adv. from 1916

Hoosier Manufacturing Co.  New Castle, Indiana

HOPPER Brand Kitchen Cabinet Cupboard, made in Sioux City, Iowa(eBay item)

Hoover-Bond, Store brand, Hoover-Bond store, Lansing, Mich.

Hudson Bay Company, The. Kitchen Cabinets,  Adv. From 1914

Hygena, Liverpool, England. 1930s eBay item

Hygeno Sanitary Steel Kitchen Cabinet.  Adv from 1917

Ideal – Vincennes, Indiana Ideal, Vincennes Furniture Manufacturers, Vincennes Indiana.

I-X-L furniture Co (Goshen IN)  have adv from 1916

JAP Sanitary Kitchen Cabinets  “made in Cinn.  “THE CINCINNATI FLY SCREEN CO.  adv. from 1911

Van Sciver Co. J.  B.,  Camden, N.J.   One on  “Give my Wife a Hoosier Cabinet”

Joering and Pelchmann Co.   St Louis, MO ad on page 39, July 1915, St Louis Furniture News

John Thomas, “Manufacture of Kitchen Cabinets, Galveston, Indiana” we have cabinet.

Justrite Cupboards & Kitchen Cabinets,  Indiana Furniture Company, Evansville, IN  Ad in June 1915 ———St. Louis Furniture News

Kelly Foundry and Machine, Goshen, IN

Kemp   Levenworth KS     listing on eBay  have adv. 1915

Kemper Brothers, Founded on Feb 9, 1926 – Richmond, IN/Cincinnati, OH. —-

Keystone, Littlestown, PA Example with clock

King Mantel & Furniture Co. Knoxville, Tenn.   Ad. 1921 Grand Rapids Furniture Record

Kinkead Combination Kitchen cabinet,    B.F. Kinkead, Inventor/Mfg. Emporia, KS.  Adv  1900

Kitchen Maid, Wasmuth-Endicott, Andrews, IND. (eBay cabinet listing)

Kitchen Queen,  unknown so far   Adv from 1930

Kitchenaid,    The H. E. Furniture Co., Limited, “Kitchenaid”,  Milverton, Ontario 1913

KLANKE furniture co.  New Bremen, Ohio.   adv. from 1908

Knechtel Kitchen Kabinet Co.  Western Ontario, Ca.   c. 1925

Kompass & Stoll Co. Niles, MI.    Ad in 1905 furniture Journal

KOZY_KITCH   The Electric Kitchenet Co. Fort Wayne, IN – full-page adv. Dec. 1922

Kuchins Furn. Mfg. Co., St. Louis, MO “3 K Kitchen Cabinet, Keep, Kitchen, Kleen” Pics.

Lambeth Furniture Co. Thomasville, N.C.  “kitchen cabinets” The Furniture Worker Vol. 38, 1921

Landau Cabinet Co, St Louis, Mo  adv. 1912

Leo Kahn Furniture Co. Memphis, Tenn. “Kitchen Cabinets” The Furniture Worker Vol. 38, 1921

Little Rock Furniture Manufacturing Co., Little Rock, Ark.  Advertisement from 1915

Marsh – High Point, North Carolina (Marsh Furniture Company) (have adv. 1924–38)

McAnsh, Dwyer & Co. Chicago, IL. Ad in 1905 Furniture Journal

McClernan Metal Products Co. Dept H. 122S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, ILL  Rustic sign on EBAY, McClernan sanitary steel cabinet, Tri-fold advertisement in folder

McClure. Marion, IN   Adv. from 1912

McDougall Co.   “Domestic Science, cabinet line made by McDougall Co.  Frankfort, Ind.

McDougald –  different spelling,  different company  ??????   1908 ad.

MONARCH   ???????? & CABINETS  (from label on cabinet) Different from below??????

THE MONARCH BRAND, L. HARBACH’S SONS CO. DES MOINES, IOWA pre1928 pic/file

Mother Hubbard’s New Cupboards, The Cardinal Cabinet Co. Wabash, IN.  P. 52 June ‘15 St. Louis  F. N.

Mutschler Bros. Manufacturing, Nappanee, IN.   adv. from 1928

Napanee Dutch Kitchenet,Nappanee, IN (Coppes, Zook & Mutschler, Coppes Bros. & Zook, Coppes, INC.)

National” Cabinet, The National Screen & Manu. Co. Cincinnati, OH. The Furniture Worker Vol. 38, ‘21

None Better  (eBay item)  adv. from 1911-15

Oxford- 1930’s, Oxford, PA

Paul Manufacturing Co. Fort Wayne, In “goes out of kitchen cabinet Business, 1915”  Adv.

Perfection Colonial Cabinet Co. 2616 N. 15th St. St. Louis, MO.  Ad. in 1915 St. Louis Furniture News

Purity Kitchen Cabinet,  Louisville, KY advertisement from 1924

Quaker Valley Mfg. Co.  Chicago, IL  adv. from  1899

Red Wing Cabinet Co.  Red Wing, Minn.    eBay listing also an ad from 1917

Royal Ossce, Metal Cabinet, Sold in Dayton, Ohio   have advertisements, 1916

Ruddy’s Single Step Kitchen Cabinet.  Ruddy Mfg. Co. Brantford, Ont.  Adv. 1926

Scheirich kitchen Cabinets “UNEXCELLED”  5 styles  ad from 1949

Schmoe, C. F., Diamond Special Kit. Cab.   Shelbyville, IN (1914)  Have advertisement.

Sellers – Elwood, Indiana, had lines named Kitcheneed & Mastercraft

Showers Brothers Furniture Co. – Bloomington, Indiana

Spiegel’s kitchen cabinets.  Adv. from 1905

Springfield Model Kitchen Cabinet, Springfield Furniture Co., Springfield, MO

Square Rand, Chittenden & Eastman Co.   ?????  IOWA, Cabinet at DLA, pic. in file

Sutter kitchen cabinet,  Michigan ???  Adv. from 1913

Klemp Furniture Co. The H. W.,  Leavenworth, Kansas.  Advertisement from 1915

Helpmate Cabinet Co. The,  Little Rock Furniture Manu. Co.  Little Rock, ARK.

Manson Cambell Company, The, Chatham, ONT. Detroit Mich..  Have advertisement

Marion Cabinet Co. The, by Dearborn Desk Manufacturing Co, Marion, IN. have cabinet

Ohio State Stove & Mfg. Co. The, Columbus, Ohio (Royal Ossco all-steel kitchen cabinet)

Tippycanoe, The,  “THE TIPP BLDG. & MFG. CO. Tippycanoe City, Ohio. “Tippycanoe Kitchen Cabinets,

White House Kitchen Cabinet, The, Advertisement from 1914

Wayne Cabinet, The, Sold in Dayton, Ohio. “Solid Oak”   (Store Brand ?) Have Advertisements.

W.B. Gifford Furniture Company?  A Hoosier cabinet on Instagram,located in Lynn, Ma

White Barton Cabinet Company, ???

Wilson – Grand Rapids, Michigan (sold by Sears)

Unsure of the following

Quality KIND, The,  Schmitt & Henry Mfg. Co.,  Des Moines, Iowa

Following are possible store brands of Kitchen Cabinets

May-sterns kitchen cabinets   Adv. 1905

Shryock

Sherman kitchen cabinets

“LIK-A-MAID” kitchen cabinets,  Adv. from 1922

“Helpmate”, Little Rock Furniture Co.  Little Rock, AK

Hoover-Bond,  Store brand, Hoover-Bond Furniture Store, Lansing, Mich

“Barbara Blount”,   “our own private trademark”, Fowler Brothers Co.  Knoxville, 1933

Borden Kitchen Cabinet

Wayne Kitchen Cabinet, From Dayton, Ohio

Quaker kitchen cabinet   adv. from 1898 – 1912

  1. E. KitchenCabinet, 1914, Davis Furniture Co. Uniontown, PA

Gold Metal K. C.   “Mail & Breese Kitchen Cabinet Club”. Topeka, KS

“Kitchenola”,  Master Cabinet, The National Store, Washington D. C.  1915

Eagle Kitchen Cabinet,  Rhodes-Collins Furniture Co., Pensacola, FL

Ferguson Special Cabinet,  Ferguson Bros. Store, Coffeyville, KS

Paul Furniture Co. Fort Wayne, In   out of business 1915

Kitchen Cabinet TINWARE, McCormick Bros. Co. Albany, Ind. P.65 The Furniture Worker Vol. 38, ‘21