Vintage Index File, Cole Steel, Olive Green, Mid Century, Classroom Box, Sliding Drawer, Industrial Decor, Home Organization, Card Storage

$159.00 $198.75

The gorgeous olive green index file box and sliding drawer are in very good to great condition. While there are no discernible identification marks on the box and the front badge is missing, there is a name that points to this box being used in a classroom setting. Held on by aging - but very well intact - clear tape, there is a "Mrs. Potter" written in black marker on yellow construction paper on the left side of the box. While at first the "Mrs. Potter" was going to be removed, the unique yet elementary appearance of the name tag not only adds character but it provides important information concerning the history of this gorgeous file index box. Also, according to references, the badge mounting area along with other design features are consistent with index file boxes made by "COLE STEEL EQUIPMENT NEW YORK, U.S.A." While the exterior has a beautifully distressed appearance from age and wear, the interior along with the sliding drawer have very little wear and age. The retro olive green color is still very clean and fresh on the interior and drawer. While there are marks from where the drawer has slid in and out, it is very unlikely that this Cole Steel index file card box was used on a day-to-day basis. Also, the gray galvanized metal handle along with its surrounding trim has a wonderfully tarnished patina developing over its surface which adds even more character to this retro olive green index file box. Inside the drawer, there is a channel that has an adjustable end (or wall) that can slide forward or backward to keep the contents standing upright. In addition, there are four round plastic feet on the bottom of the index file box to help protect surfaces. The combination of the distressed and aged olive green color on the actual steel material and wonderfully tarnished patina on the galvanized metal handle and trim give this Cole Steel index file box an attractive retro-industrial charm.

Please note that screen resolution and/or original lighting could cause the colors to appear lighter or darker than actual.

There are a couple of very shallow (nearly undetectable) dings on the drawer front. Other than this, there are no breaks, cracks, deep dents, or repair places on this gorgeously distressed Cole Steel index file card box and sliding drawer. There are some vintage wear, age, and rub marks on the box and drawer - mainly in the form of distress and age. Also, there are rub marks and/or scratches - mainly on the sides of the drawer where it has slid in and out. All four of the round plastic feet are fully intact. While the box has been thoroughly cleaned - both inside and out with mild soap and water, it is possible that a small patch of dust was overlooked in a corner or crevice. As previously mentioned, the "Mrs. Potter" on yellow construction paper is still intact but showing age and wear - mainly around the outer edge of the plastic tape.

The decorative possibilities for this gorgeous olive green Cole Steel index file box are many. The entryway or den area would be enhanced by the addition of this gorgeous olive green index file box. Also, the study area, bedroom, or home-office would welcome this beautifully distressed and aged Cole Steel index file box for its organizational capabilities and wonderful retro-industrial charm. In addition, the growing collection of vintage industrial items would increase in value and interest upon the arrival of this attractive olive green Cole Steel index file box.

The collector will appreciate this beautiful Cole Steel index file box for its very good to great condition, aged and distressed olive green color, developing patina on the gray galvanized handle, retro-industrial charm, and gorgeous overall appearance.

The gorgeous olive green Cole Steel index card filing box and sliding drawer weigh approximately 123 oz.

The distressed olive green Cole Steel index card holder measures approximately 7 5/16" tall including the feet or 7 1/8" tall for the box only x 9.5" wide x 16.25" deep plus the handle.

The handle measures approximately 15/16" away from the front of the drawer measuring to the outside of the handle.

The front of the drawer measures 6" tall x 8.5" wide.

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Vintage Index File Cole Steel Olive Green Mid Century Classroom Box Sliding Drawer Industrial Decor Home Organization Card Storage

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