Kroyer Crates Restoration Project

So excited about my newly restored Kroyer crates!  These crates were built in the 1960's and were very popular among dog show people.  I was fortunate enough to acquire this stacked set from Deborah Brookes ("Deblin's" Scotties) and had them shipped to Texas.  Debbie was even able to locate one of the original arms to the crates and sent that along as well.  I contacted a furniture restoration fellow, Larry Mixon, who picked them up and went to work on the restoration.  Happily, Larry was able to clean up the rusty butterfly hinges, as well as most of the original hardware.  The only items that had to be replaced were the end caps (because some of them were missing), the hinges that lock the two crates together (because the original latches were crushed due to the crates taking a spill at some time in the past), and the clamp that holds the arm on.  Apparently, one of the prior owners lost the original arm and replaced the clamp to fit another arm.  When we located an original Kroyer arm, Larry was able to replace the clamp to fit it.  So excited to have this piece of dog show history!



8 comments

  • Charlynn Star

    Charlynn Star

    Hey, I have two Kroyer crates. They were donated to my rescue and I researched them and this came up. I wondered how old they were. They're still very good.

    Hey, I have two Kroyer crates. They were donated to my rescue and I researched them and this came up. I wondered how old they were. They're still very good.

  • Karen

    Karen Columbia, SC

    I was so excited to see your crates. My grandparents were Carl and Dorothy Kroyer- the ones that made these crates. I fondly remember watching them work in their shed when I was young. My grandfather cut the wood and assembled the main parts and my grandmother put on the hardware and shellacked the finish. I am so glad you are enjoying their handiwork.

    I was so excited to see your crates. My grandparents were Carl and Dorothy Kroyer- the ones that made these crates. I fondly remember watching them work in their shed when I was young. My grandfather cut the wood and assembled the main parts and my grandmother put on the hardware and shellacked the finish. I am so glad you are enjoying their handiwork.

  • Jeanice Barton

    Jeanice Barton Dallas, Texas

    Karen, how delightful to receive your comment! Your grandparents' handiwork in building Kroyer crates is now very collectible in the dog show world. There are a number of people who have several of these crates in their possession (and always looking for others). Many are lovingly restored (as mine were) so they can continue the work they were designed to do, transporting dogs to and from the shows. :) I'd love to hear more stories about your grandparents and the building of the great Kroyer crates.

    Karen, how delightful to receive your comment! Your grandparents' handiwork in building Kroyer crates is now very collectible in the dog show world. There are a number of people who have several of these crates in their possession (and always looking for others). Many are lovingly restored (as mine were) so they can continue the work they were designed to do, transporting dogs to and from the shows. smile I'd love to hear more stories about your grandparents and the building of the great Kroyer crates.

  • Karen Kroyer Meeker

    Karen Kroyer Meeker Longs, SC

    I am the daughter of Carl Kroyer, maker of these historic crates. It was thrilling to see the beautiful restoration that was done on these crates. If dad was still alive he would be so honored that his hard work is still loved by the dog show world. I remember the late hours he and my mom (who did the varnishing and swung a mean hammer) put into the building of these sturdy and very useful crates. Thanks so much for posting these pictures - it means so much to the family to know that his product is still appreciated and loved.

    I am the daughter of Carl Kroyer, maker of these historic crates. It was thrilling to see the beautiful restoration that was done on these crates. If dad was still alive he would be so honored that his hard work is still loved by the dog show world. I remember the late hours he and my mom (who did the varnishing and swung a mean hammer) put into the building of these sturdy and very useful crates. Thanks so much for posting these pictures - it means so much to the family to know that his product is still appreciated and loved.

  • michele popovich

    michele popovich eldred, ny

    I have an original kroyer crate for toy dogs with an attachable tack box with a rubber grooming top. The crate is 21"x13"x14 1/2" deep, tack box is 6 1/2" deep. I also have a regular tack box. They are in excellent condition, in fact, the tack box looks New. I'm getting ready to post them on EBay, if interested contact me at mpopovich@hvc.rr.com. They are too nice not to be used.

    I have an original kroyer crate for toy dogs with an attachable tack box with a rubber grooming top. The crate is 21"x13"x14 1/2" deep, tack box
    is 6 1/2" deep. I also have a regular tack box. They are in excellent condition, in fact, the tack box looks New. I'm getting ready to post them on
    EBay, if interested contact me at mpopovich@hvc.rr.com. They are too nice not to be used.

  • Paul LaFontaine

    Paul LaFontaine Valley Glen, Ca.

    I was just gifted today two sets of Kroyer stacking crates that I plan to restore very soon. I have made my own style of wooden stacking crates. But these are unique as to their quality, weight and age. It will be a fun project among my many other wood projects.

    I was just gifted today two sets of Kroyer stacking crates that I plan to restore very soon. I have made my own style of wooden stacking crates. But these are unique as to their quality, weight and age. It will be a fun project among my many other wood projects.

  • Michelle

    Michelle Stroudsburg PA

    I picked up a kroyer crate today and was wondering if someone can give me some insight on it. My email address is emt9898@yahoo.com Thank you

    I picked up a kroyer crate today and was wondering if someone can give me some insight on it. My email address is emt9898@yahoo.com
    Thank you

  • Paul

    Paul LaFontaine

    My restoration project on one set of crates is finished and they turned out wonderful. I did made some slight changes to one piece of hardware to make it safer in securing my dogs. I have one other set ready to restore but it is missing the handles and I can not find a sight to buy either used or new. The handles are truly unique to these crates and need to be of same type. Any help would be appreciated.

    My restoration project on one set of crates is finished and they turned out wonderful. I did made some slight changes to one piece of hardware to make it safer in securing my dogs. I have one other set ready to restore but it is missing the handles and I can not find a sight to buy either used or new. The handles are truly unique to these crates and need to be of same type. Any help would be appreciated.

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