Antique Industrial, Hammered Steel 1918 Fire Door, Corrugated, 5 Foot Tall &Wide



This incredible, industrial fire door was salvaged from a historic furniture plant in Lexington, North Carolina. The door was manufactured by Merchant & Evans Co. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It measures 5 feet wide, 4.8 feet tall and is full of interesting detail, such as; a hammered, corrugated steel body, original brass manufacturer's plaque, unique brackets, and original handles showing the manufacturer's initials, "M & E - P", in relief. The door includes rolling hardware.

This door could be used as a door, room partition, headboard or as large piece of dimensional, industrial art.

An M & E catalogue from 1918 describes the composition of the door as, "cross-laid corrugated [steel] sheets on the reinforced frame, makes the Evans Almetl Door by far the best and strongest on the market; while the absence of any wood core makes it considerably lighter than the standard three-ply tin-clad fire door."

The corrugation is configured horizontally on one side and vertical on the other, providing structural rigidity.

History: The door was salvaged from a structure known as Lexington Furniture, Plant 1. Today, Lexington Furniture has consolidated this building's processes with a second plant and are still in business. The oldest parts of LFI Plant 1 date back to 1901 when it was then operated by Dixie Furniture. The door was salvaged from a section of the plant that was undergoing renovation.

Condition: Authentic and expected dents, dings, scuffs and patina. A sheet of steel has been bolted to one side of the door to secure and support an arm that appears to have been added as a locking mechanism.

The salvage of Lexinton Furniture was featured on season 8, episode 2 of the DiY network show, "Salvage Dawgs".

Weight: 116 lbs,
Measurements: 57.5H x 5.5D x 60W. 
Rolling hardware dimensions: 21"H x 3"D x 5"W. Hardware rises 9.125"h above door when mounted.

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