H. T. Cushman Manufacturing Company Antique Solid 1/4 Sawn Oak Telephone Stand
Take home a piece of America's past with this H. T. Cushman Manufacturing Company Antique Solid 1/4 Sawn Oak Telephone Stand, circa 1910. Constructed out of beautiful quarter sawn tiger oak, the telephone stand was manufactured in north Bennington, Vermont by the H. T. Cushman Manufacturing Company, a company that got its start in 1892 by producing corks and erasers. Soon after they made coast stands, umbrella racks, music stands, smokers and eventually made furniture for every room of the house, showcasing them at their Cushman stone show house, which became a prominent destination for tourist. This particular telephone stand appeared in one of their advertisements from the early 1900's and is shown in a photo below.
This H. T. Cushman Manufacturing Company Antique Solid 1/4 Sawn Oak Telephone Stand is classic Arts & Crafts style. Inspired by the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh the Arts & Crafts designers deliberately attempted to replace the more mass-produced ornate furniture styles with the simple lines of classical furnishings carried through in understated classic straight lines. Typically constructed out of solid oak, functionality and utilitarianism was key in the Arts & Crafts design. This telephone stand exemplifies just that with its solid quarter sawn tiger oak wood and straight-lined features. The telephone stand is quite unique and has an attached hinged stool nestled within a stand when not in use. This H. T. Cushman Manufacturing Company Antique Solid 1/4 Sawn Oak Telephone Stand has the original H. T. Cushman paper label, measures, 30.50 inches H X 17.75 inches W X 14.25 inches D in its closed position, and 30.50 inches H X 17.75 inches W X 29.50 inches D, with the chair pulled out. And although it was originally intended as a telephone stand the size would be ideal as a tiered plant stand or a writing table for smaller spaces.