Utility furniture is becoming rather collectable! Once the despised household chairs, tables and other pieces, they are now seen as well built, stylish and desirable. The purpose of this thread is to recall our memories, both good and bad, of one of the relics of wartime Britain. One of the classic signs of a utility piece are the handles. With metals of all kinds in short supply, handles were carved from wood which resulted in the distinctive look of the furniture.
We have just received a genuine catalogue, the first to be published and dated 1943 which illustrates the range. Whilst most of the images are of rather dark and perhaps less desirable examples, my family has used several examples ever since the 40s, and they are still in use today.
The furniture (as well as other items made during the war) featured a 'CC' symbol, known as 'two cheeses', plus a number indicating the year so CC41 stands for 'Controlled Commodity 1941'. It appeared on all sorts of items, furniture, linen, clothes and other domestic items. The symbol was designed by Reginald Shipp.