This is a seven door grocer's icebox made by the Baldwin Company of Burlington, Vermont. We are reproducing this box as seen with a few minor modifications for a client in Michigan. You may choose insulated glass or solid wood door panels. If you would like glass doors you can find many different bowls, containers, pitchers and baskets at various antique shops or on Ebay to display the contents of the icebox.
Here are two photos of a McCray #720. The #720 is the same model we converted for a Pub in Indiana. The #720 is six foot wide and six foot tall. The McCray style iceboxes that we build are available with either glass or solid wood door panels and can be built to whatever dimensions with as many doors as you choose.
Click here to see a scan of a seven door #411 from the 1917 McCray Grocer's catalog (120K).
This is a McCray model #120 or #132, we're not sure since we don't know the exact dimensions. It is like the #720 above but with six wood paneled doors. Note the vertical paneling on the side. Since most of our boxes are deeper than the typical antique we will be using this design (instead of horizontal panels) to minimize the visual depth and accentuate the height of the box.
Here is an image of the interior and one of the same model that has been painted a dark color. We offer both painted and stained finishes. This interior is still in fair shape considering it's over 80 years old and most likely was used in a Grocery where it received it's share of abuse. If you choose to have a wood interior there are maintainance issues, but we offer other interiors including white Plexiglas, tile and marble. The Plexiglas would be the lowest maintainance. The McCray Company used plain shellac to protect their wooden interiors, we use a polyurethane finish so the interior (and exterior) should look great for many years longer than theirs did. The other options for the interior cabinet, as well as for the rest of the icebox, can be found by clicking here.
This image is an eight door McCray #410 that was placed in a private home in New Mexico at the time it was built, circa 1917. It came with the optional mechanical refrigeration unit and so has never seen ice service. It is still in daily use by the woman who now owns the home. We anticipate that our McCray style iceboxes will give you at least 100 years of service.
This five door McCray is a smaller version of the seven and eight door models. We have not been able to determine the exact model number for this unit. The large door on the left is a beveled mirror and is where the iceblock would have gone. We typically use this compartment for the freezer if the client wants ice or to store frozen foods.
This is a McCray model #470 with the opal glass interior. It is one of our most popular styles and sizes. We are offering this interior as an option but we are using an opaque white Plexiglas instead of the impossible to find 1/2" opal glass. This option will appear as above except the shelving will be made of polyurethaned wood using an open lattice construction. Interior lights are of course available for all the McCray style boxes. The McCray style boxes can be built to any size with any number of doors.
Here is a beautiful example of what a four door icebox can look like. We will be offering a distressed finish if you would like that but as you can see even with only a plain satin finish with a darkish stain these boxes can be very handsome.
If you are limited in how wide you can go you can get an icebox with a single column of doors. An icebox with two doors can be built for you but we suggest one with three doors since it is much more interesting visually speaking. And as you can see they did make them that way.
Here is a beautiful example of a six door grocer's icebox. As mentioned elsewhere we can build this style of box as large or as small as you would like. We also do retrofits and conversions of actual antiques such as this one, which is for sale by the owner. If you're interested in an antique let us know.
This is a CAD rendering of the optional latticed shelving we will be offering for the McCray style iceboxes. The standard shelf is nearly the same except the slats are flat, top and bottom. The view above is from the underside. The outer banding that goes around the four sides has been omitted so you can better see the profiles. This design is an improvement over the original used by McCray in that it is easier to clean and will help prevent smaller objects from tipping over. The standard lattice shelving has no side to side slats on the top surface, the slats only run front to back.
These three images are of the hardware that we are reproducing for use on all our iceboxes. This hardware is patterned after actual antique hardware used by McCray. There will be a slight modification made to the antique hardware to make it compliant with the child entrapment safety standards listed in UL's safety standards for household refrigerators. This modification has yet to be completed.
The hardware comes standard in a polished bronze finish but there are many other finishes available such as nickel plating, oil rubbed bronze and antiqued nickel as shown. The photo of the latch shows the work done to date. It is missing the striker and the catch still. As stated on the front page we are still in start-up with much work still to be done. But we believe and we're sure you'll agree, that the end result will be unique in all the world.
Click here to see a 1915 ad (197K) for a four door McCray that had an "outside icing feature". Housewives would normally have to wait around for the iceman to make his most often daily delivery plus he would often track mud and meltwater into the house. Imagine not being able to leave your home whenever you wanted but instead having to be there during a certain hour, most often three times a week. This backside door on the icebox was nicknamed "the jealous husband door", because it kept the iceman outside. The poor husband, he had to deal with the milkman, the postman, traveling salesmen, the electric meter reader, the gas man AND the iceman too......
Here is another McCray ad from the same time period (87K).
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