I am a huge Craigslist’s list fan. I browse several categories each morning while sipping coffee. Last Saturday morning, I saw an ad titled “Restored Antique Factory Cart Table”. I was curious, so I clicked.
American industrial cart from the Lineberry foundry in Wilksboro, NC. This is 100% authentic and NOT a reproduction.
I have properly leveled the cart so there is no wobble. This piece features the original cast iron hardware and beautiful oak wood. It has really nice rustic features that are impossible to replicate with newer reproductions. The dimensions are 53″long x 28″ wide x 16″tall. This cart weighs 160lbs. and is very solid.
This cart would make the perfect coffee table or side table and can blend with any decor. It has been reconditioned with great care and is ready for use.
Initially I liked the idea of repurposing a vintage piece and was really intrigued by the industrial, yet, warm feel of the cart. I continued browsing the ads, then went about my normal weekend routine. However, every time I was on the computer, I found myself researching more about the history of these carts. And that’s when the true obsession began!
I discovered that many of these carts were manufactured by the Lineberry Company in Wilksboro, NC in the early 1900’s. These beautiful carts were originally used in railroad depots for transporting trunks, and were later used in furniture factories for moving large pieces from one specialist artisan to the next.
I was hooked – I fell in love with the history behind these carts and I knew that I had to have one. A week later, with my husband by my side (he’s simply awesome, plus he’s great at lifting heavy things…remember these carts are 160+ lbs), we drove an hour and half to “just take a look” at the cart I saw on Craigslist.
…and now it’s in our living room!!
You can even see the Lineberry stamp in the wheels!
I love the patina of the hardware.
We love our new coffee table! It looks fantastic, serves it’s purpose, and is a true piece of American history.