Koken Barber Shop Hat and Coat Rack


aw item number:  2005.048
manufacturer:  Koken Barber Supply Co., St. Louis, Missouri
color:  White and nickel
circa:  1915
size:  31"Dia. x 87"H

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color:  White and nickel
original price:  $65.00 composition:  Cast iron, wood & brass
acquisition date:  12/1/2005 status:  Collection
description:  A purpose-built rack; wooden center post mounted securely in a cast-iron porcelain-enameled fluted base with nickel trim, neckwear tray with a galley rail midway up, nickel plated metal ring with 10 combination hat and coat hooks and wooden ball finial.

information:  Also known as costumers and resembling a barber pole this fixture afforded patrons a place for garments while getting a hair cut. Produced only for a short period around 1908-15 due to the high cost in comparison to metal racks.


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