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Wilhelm Brothers of Traverse City, MI
Oak clothes/suit hanger from the 30's.
Locking pants bar.

Some clues as to its age:
- The steel is not stainless. That came into its own during WWII.
- The hook is not curved but is a straight, angled design, which would have been easier to make.
- The curl at the end of the hook puts it after the 20's.
- Excellent construction. The joints are dovetailed
- The manufacturer's logo is embossed into the wood.

The company was in business in Traverse City, MI from 1880 till . . . ?
If this company was like so many American village shops, they were family owned, with the business handed down to the children. They would have been central to the life of the town. Were the Wilhelm Brothers immigrants? Did they begin as peddlers, as did so many shopkeepers? It would be interesting to find out.

There is some mention of them online.

As a clothes hanger, this is a solid clothes hanger, with excellent construction and many more years of use.

As a piece of Americana, it is a tribute to a nation's shopkeepers.

Wilhelm Bros Traverse City, MI Oak Suit Hanger. 1930's. Industrial.

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: wood, steel
  • Ships worldwide from Georgia, United States
  • Feedback: 99 reviews
  • Favorited by: 28 people