Iron Coat Rack
When we first obtained this coat rack, we could tell it was pretty unique. We only had a small inscribed patent date to go off of. Luckily, this date led us to the original patent information, with drawings and a history of the design. On December 6th, 1904, J.H. Petroskey of the American Metallic Furniture Company of Detroit, Michigan, patented his new design for a coat rack. In the patent specification form, he detailed that his invention was to “provide a rack that shall be simple and easy to construct, easily taken apart and assembled, and that will be strong and rigid after being set up.” As Petroskey indicated, the ease of using this piece came from its ability to be disassembled and reassembled, providing a flexibility that couldn’t have been imagined prior to this. During a time period in which metallic furniture pieces were big, bulky, or all in one piece, this gave a lightweight solution, while still having artistic detail in the functional hooks of the rack, and even includes claw foot feet. This was the beginning of an era where to stay competitive, mechanization to create products easily and quickly was necessary. As the standards of living increased, so did the supply and demand of products.