Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hand Painted Hoosier Style Cabinet Is A Real "Sweetheart"

Charming Hoosier Style Cabinet Found In Plymouth, Connecticut

Way before the owner of "Antiques At The Green" in Plymouth, CT told me that the Hoosier style cabinet I had just fallen in love with was was marked "Sweetheart" on the back, I knew I had just discovered a real "Sweetheart" of a kitchen treasure.

This Cabinet Is MINT

When have you ever seen anything like this before? This vintage "babe" was in MINT condition. As the story was told to me, the cabinet was found still in it's original wrappings unused in the sellers home.

Vintage Vavoom

The shop owner was confident that this Hoosier style cabinet is indeed vintage. I kept examining the cabinet over and over because it just looked to good to be true.

Reminds Me of Folk Artist Peter Hunt

To me this cabinet has the design characteristics you will find on hand painted furnishings of Cape Cod folk artist Peter Hunt. But the designs on the cabinets shown here are "too perfect". The work I have seen by Peter hunt shows more of his "hand" in the strokes.

I'm still working on this puzzle...who made this cabinet and when? The color palettes on this Hoosier style cabinet are very similar to Peter Hunt who painted furniture from the 1930s-1960s.

Another possibility is that this cabinet has Pennsylvania Dutch inspiration. I welcome any leads reader may have on this topic
You can find this cabinet (if it is still there) at:

Antiques At The Green

703 main Street
Plymouth, Connecticut
Helen Nejfelt

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Authors Guild, Inc.


  1. Dianne..check the cabinet over at
    Elizabeth has one just like it..maybe she can give you some help.

    Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  2. Yes, Creativebreathing blog and also TwoCrazyCrafters just found a matching tall slender cabinet.

  3. Wow, funny how things like this pop up! I ditto what angela said! ♥

  4. Great minds think alike. I was just on the "Creative Breathing" blog and remembered her cabinet.
    Which , by the way, are so pretty. I would be happy if it were new or vintage.
    Love your blog and all of the information.


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  6. I have this exact same cabinet sitting in my dining room. Mine has two side pieces painted in the same style. Mine is not "mint" as it was my great grandmothers, I don't know anything about it's origin but I went googling and wound up here! Crazy.