Category: Furniture History

History of Mission Style Furniture

Beth Rice 17/04/2017

Joseph McHugh definitely peeked at AJ Forbes’ paper. In 1894, AJ Forbes made a solid wood chair for San Francisco’s Swedenborgian Church. This handcrafted chair featured a simple, straight-line construction, and was well-proportioned. It was also comfortable and durable. Forbes’ design was inspired by not only the Spanish missions in California, but also the Arts and Crafts movement that sought to leave behind the overly ornate and artificial style of the Victorian era. Then Joseph… History of Mission Style Furniture

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History of the Hope Chest

Leah Meldman 06/04/2017

The hope chest has been referred to as many things, including a dowry chest, trousseau chest, and a glory box. No matter what it’s called, this tried-and-true treasure has evolved over time to remain a favorite piece of furniture. Longstanding Tradition The hope chest dates back centuries, revealing a rich and fascinating history. It originated at a time when marriage included the exchange of property between families. The idea of the hope chest was brought… History of the Hope Chest

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History of the Pie Safe

Beth Rice 28/03/2017

For a good part of the 19th century, a very important piece of furniture sat in the middle of many kitchens — the pie safe. Also known as a pie cabinet, pie cupboard, pie chest, or kitchen safe, the pie safe helped to keep pesky insects, rodents, and dirt away from freshly baked goods. Origins It is believed that the pie safe was first introduced in the United States in the 1800s by German immigrants… History of the Pie Safe

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History of the Roll Top Desk

Beth Rice 24/10/2016

“A place for everything and everything in its place” was the slogan that propelled the roll top desk to popularity during the 19th century. A desk full of small drawers, hideaways, and perfectly sized compartments with a top that could be closed to conceal any clutter was a delight for many and became a popular choice for small to medium-sized offices. But first, it began with a king. At the King’s Request King Louis XV… History of the Roll Top Desk

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From Mountains to Many Homes: The History of the Adirondack Chair

Beth Rice 29/08/2016

Thomas Lee had the chair pulled right out from under him, so to speak.  The summer of 1903 found Lee vacationing with family at his summer home in Westport, NY.  Located on Lake Champlain with the stunning views of the Adirondack mountains to entertain him, Lee encountered a problem.  His search for comfortable outdoor furniture produced nothing suitable. Determined to solve this problem and enjoy all that the mountain views had to offer, Lee got… From Mountains to Many Homes: The History of the Adirondack Chair

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Modern Ways to Use a Jelly Cabinet

Beth Rice 28/07/2016

Even though jelly is most often kept in the refrigerator these days, the jelly cabinet remains a favorite furnishing. One look at an Amish jelly cabinet and the reasons are clear.  It’s both beautiful and useful for storage, even without the jelly. The First Jelly Cabinets The creation of the jelly cabinet grew out of need. During the 19th century, as pioneers perfected the practice of stewing fruit to create jams and preserves, they produced large… Modern Ways to Use a Jelly Cabinet

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Dad’s Favorite Chair

Beth Rice 16/06/2016

A special relationship exists between a boy and his dog, a teen and his first car, and of course, Dad and his favorite chair.  The chair he jumps up from to cheer on his favorite team, the seat where he enjoys a fresh cigar after a long work day, and the only place just right for his Sunday afternoon nap is his sanctuary. What links Dad to that one special chair? The Construction Marcel Breuer… Dad’s Favorite Chair

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A Brief History of the Windsor Chair {Infographic}

Jayca Pike 24/08/2015

A Brief History of the Windsor Chair Infographic and text, plus links below! Related Posts The Windsor Chair Series Part III: The Undying Appeal While the Windsor chair will always be associated with colonial times and country style furniture, the truth is, Windsor chairs Read more History of the Roll Top Desk “A place for everything and everything in its place” was the slogan that propelled the roll top desk to popularity Read more Cherry… A Brief History of the Windsor Chair {Infographic}

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American Furniture Icon: The Grandfather Clock

Jayca Pike 06/03/2015

This blog post was updated on February 19, 2019 with wall and mantel clock options and the Steelton 2005 Grandfather Clock Quick Clip Video. From nursery rhymes to stories of olden times, the grandfather clock has been an icon of classic British and American elegance since William Clement created his first longcase clock in 1670. Let us show you some surprising places that highlight time-honored, American made Grandfather clocks in ways both old and new. Related Posts 5… American Furniture Icon: The Grandfather Clock

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