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1968 St Charles Metal Kitchen Cabinets with Thermador cooking/rose counter top - $2000 (Adel)
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Post# 737081   2/22/2014 at 23:42 (2,191 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Ad: " Vintage 1968 St. Charles metal kitchen cabinets available for immediate pick up. This 10 piece set includes a 2-door swing out lazy susan, bread box, flour bin, utensil drawer, Thermador wall oven and a Thermador 4-electric burner stove top with griddle/cover along with many other features. Cabinets are vintage Green with a rose counter top. Original curved door handles. Oven in excellent condition. Some small areas of rust are visible in a few cabinets. Cabinets recently removed from home after 46 years."

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Post# 737106 , Reply# 1   2/23/2014 at 05:59 (2,191 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
1968 my foot!

Try 1955 or there abouts, Thermador quit using monotubes in the 50s!

Post# 737109 , Reply# 2   2/23/2014 at 07:09 (2,191 days old) by moparguy (Virginia)        

Wow, cool set! I have not seen the glass doored corner cabinet, or that type of lower lazy susan before. They look to be in great shape. I would venture to be that the rust is under the sink! But this would be a great set to save, with a neat color combination. It would make a great kitchen!

Post# 737119 , Reply# 3   2/23/2014 at 08:52 (2,191 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The open coil bake element with evenizer is another give away of an earlier manufacturing date along with the color scheme. Those appliances had either very light use or were really babied; just look at that griddle.

Post# 737130 , Reply# 4   2/23/2014 at 09:21 (2,191 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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I respectfully disagree. The Thermador appliances are of an earlier vintage than the St. Charles Cabinets. Those pulls didn't exist in 1955; that set of cabinets looks, to me, late 1960's vintage. It has always been my wish to have a St. Charles kitchen.


The tiny space between the cooktop and the exhaust hood makes me cringe, but it definitely increases the efficacy of the draw.

Post# 737147 , Reply# 5   2/23/2014 at 10:21 (2,191 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
The corner cabinets look low as well.

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It almost looks like they were installed in a basement or something.  Maybe with a lower ceiling height?  Would be a fun set to have.

Post# 737154 , Reply# 6   2/23/2014 at 10:40 (2,191 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I still try to be mindful of how uncommon dishwashers were even into the 1960s, but it amazes me that a kitchen of this amazing caliber did not include a dishwasher in the design.

Post# 737197 , Reply# 7   2/23/2014 at 15:51 (2,191 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Re Thermador...

The oven and cooktops may well be older than the cabinets, but I think this might well be a second kitchen in the basement, so it might be made up of different stuff, but I do think both are wayyy older than 68, just from the pink countertops alone, 68 was probably the year they were installed in that basement, in any event..they are beautiful!!!!

Post# 737214 , Reply# 8   2/23/2014 at 17:42 (2,191 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
The Glass Door....

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....Was an option on any St. Charles upper cabinet; you just had to specify it and pay the upcharge.

I've been around many a St. Charles kitchen, and owned one, and have seen many more in photos. You do not see the glass doors very often.

Post# 737353 , Reply# 9   2/24/2014 at 10:25 (2,190 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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I wonder if this was set up as a 2nd kitchen (it looks like it might be in a basement), which would explain the older appliances and newer cabinets. It also seems rather small for a vintage kitchen...maybe it was a canning kitchen?

Post# 737454 , Reply# 10   2/24/2014 at 18:19 (2,190 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

The cabinet pulls look identical to the ones on the Wood-Mode cabinets at the high school I attended. They were installed when the building was constructed in '66.

Post# 737475 , Reply# 11   2/24/2014 at 19:56 (2,190 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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It seems they had to cut the base of the cabinet section with the oven to fit it there.

Post# 737478 , Reply# 12   2/24/2014 at 20:01 (2,190 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Not Cut:

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St. Charles would make special dimensions to order if you wanted to pay for it. They also had a lot of stock sizes.

Due to the construction of St. Charles cabinets, anyone who tried cutting one down would have a real mess on their hands.

Post# 737485 , Reply# 13   2/24/2014 at 20:28 (2,190 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Sandy, I meant the base on which it sits on. I don't think these cabinets were custom-made to fit in that basement, otherwise they would have left more space above the cooktop (at least!). Notice that the doors below the oven are too low compared to the other ones. 

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