Monday, June 7, 2010

Going "Modern" with an Antique Milbradt Ladder

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Did you guess a ladder? According to this 1907 advertisement, Milbradt Rolling Step Ladders were the way to "step up" and "be modern."


Today, they are the way to "step up" and add antique charm and quality craftsmanship to a room.


I love the metalwork and the turned handle at the top...


Great iron details at the bottom...





Do we have plans for this bad boy? Yes, we do! We have big ideas for it in a future living room project. I'm sure it will be a while before we get to it, but all good things take time, right? Stay tuned...


18 comments:

  1. Great ladder. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  2. Oh I love your ladder. I've always wanted a whole big wall full of books and a rolling ladder. What a fun find. Hugs, Marty

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  3. My parents are actually looking for a ladder like that for their home.
    Great find.
    Margo

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  4. I DIDN'T guess ladder! I even tried to cheat and google information given to no avail.

    I have always romanticized what it would be like to have a library in my home with a rolling ladder. It's so Lord of the Manor~ish or something. That's what I would do...

    I can't wait to see how you use it. It will be wonderful, I know.

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  5. I have an old library ladder leaning against the rock wall in my living room, right next to our bookshelf. I bought two of them at auction. I sold one, but am having a hard time parting with the other...it looks so at home! Enjoy yours!!

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  6. You've got me climbing the walls!

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  7. amy,
    wherever do you find your awesome pieces of vintage goodness??? i LOVE your style and this ladder is WAY cool.
    i picked up a ladder at an apple orchard about 6 yrs ago after asking if they had any old ones lying around. the guy looked at me like i had three heads but sold it to me for $10. i have yet to find a permanent room to place it in!
    maybe i will see what you do with yours first!
    judi ;)

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  8. ooh, Can't wait to see!! Where in the world do you find all of this great stuff??!

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  9. Oooh I love it.

    Maybe a library???
    Cheri

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  10. What a wonderful ladder!! I love the details and that it is so unique. Girl you find the most amazing things!!!

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  11. Wow! I am loving that ladder. It is fabulous and I want to go out shopping with you?!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  12. Love that ladder, even if you do nothing with it except lean it against a wall. What a conversation piece.

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  13. That is one cool ladder - lucky you!

    Allison
    Atticmag

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  14. I discovered an incredible way to use this ladder! I received two very special quilts this year and wanted an equally special way to display them. I have had this Milbradt Ladder in storage since 1993 and had actually forgotten about it until I saw a "quilt ladder" in a sewing shop. I couldn't wait to get it out and put it up. I would love to post a photo...is that a possibility? I am a newby. I discovered Whisper Wood Cottage when I Googled "Milbradt Ladder." I love this site.
    ~Melissa

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  15. This ladder was invented by my Grandfather's First Cousin. He invented alot of items back in that era. Wish I could find one just because of the family history.

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