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Francis Truck Vintage 100% Authentic Railroad, Industrial Factory Cart
Fully Restored makes a Perfect Coffee Table or Side Table

Don't miss out on your chance to own a Francis cart once used by the Hoosier Fence Co.

These antique factory carts were manufactured by the Hoosier Fence Co. out of Indianapolis, IN almost 100 years ago. They were originally designed for use in railroad depots to move cargo and luggage to and from baggage cars for passengers. Later they saw duty all over America as manufacturers began to use them to move wood material and parts in and around the factories. History is faithfully preserved in these wonderful old workhorse carts.

Who would have ever imagined these carts would be called back to use as interesting and fashionable furniture in our homes? The antique beauty of these carts used as coffee tables is really amazing after a thorough restoration.

We are offering one of the Francis cart models as shown in the listing photographs. The size of the cart is approximately 52"L X 27"W x 16"H, weighing about 175 lbs. The hardware corners and wheels are original and made of cast iron. The cart is constructed with solid Maple.

The cart is offered fully restored. Restoration includes sandblasting of all the metal parts and wheels. All the metal pieces are then primed and painted with two coats of flat black metal paint. The original Maple wood has been lightly sanded to remove the splinters and debris. It is only lightly sanded to maintain the antique patina. Then the wood was stained with a Minwax Natural stain color and sealed with 3 coats of lacquer on the base parts and 5 coats on the top. This is done to keep all edges and seams smooth with a glass like finish.

You will notice in the pictures that all of the wheels come come with a protective film to avoid scratching in transit or shipping. These are easily removed when the cart comes to its final placement.

By careful restoration, our carts become gorgeous recreations of a type never dreamed by the original manufacturer. This process brings a tireless working partner back into this century in a new life of functionality.

Vintage Factory Cart Coffee Table


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Only ships within United States.
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