Biting cold, blowing snow and negative wind chills didn’t discourage me from picking up a new to me vintage Homecrest patio set. Yes, I’m buying patio furniture in February, why not? I’ve been searching for a vintage patio table and chairs for quite a while now — and as luck would have it — one surfaced in the dead of winter. With some careful stacking, I even got it all in the back of my car in one trip!
The set is made up of four vintage Homecrest Casino Chairs — which I was able to identify thanks to the neat-o vintage catalog archive found on the Homecrest Patio Furniture web site. The Casino chair can be found in both the 1963-1964 and 1966 catalogs.
The Casino Chair catalog description reads:
The Casino Chair for poolside or patio combines rugged construction with smart, contemporary styling. Lacy, diamond-mesh expanded metal seat and back are cool and comfortable. You will also enjoy its convenient size. Like all Homecrest furniture, the Casino Chair is made of welded steel, bonderized, primed and finished with baked-on enamel.
I bet the “diamond-mesh” lets the cool, refreshing summer breezes pass right though — which is a wonderful thought since right now the “cool breezes” are the equivalent of a -25+ wind chill. Talk of breezes aside, these chairs are super comfy. The curve of the chair seat and back make the chair feel comfortable — no need for cushions or pillows.
I identified the table that came with my set as the “Adjustable Table.” Since the chairs and table were purchased from the original owner’s estate, I’m guessing that the original owner bought the set in 1966 — since that is the only year where the Casino Chair and Adjustable Table appear together.
The catalog has this to say about the Adjustable Table:
This practical new table with folding legs may be adjusted to 27″ height for cards or luncheon, or to 20″ height for chips and dips. Tubular legs fold flat for easy storage. Round diamond mesh top is 42″ diameter and accommodates an umbrella.
I haven’t yet tried to adjust the table to the two different heights, but it does fold up nicely in the corner of the garage until warmer weather returns. We’ll likely use this table at its dining height in our Tiki Lounge porch most of the time, but it is nice to have two options.
The set is in great structural shape — it just needs a good scrub, a coat of rust inhibiting primer and a new top coat of spray paint before it will be ready to go for many more years of faithful service. With a little restoration work, we’ll soon be comfortably sitting around this set enjoying “chips and dips,” much to the delight of my adorable and chip loving husband Jim and chow hound Leo.