Please tell me about this furniture?? 1920's I think??
5 yearsy ago#1
I bought my wife this bedroom set from a man who said his mother bought it in 1920. I don't know anything else about it. It is very well built. Each drawer has it own compartment. A wooden encasement, so to speak, that the drawer slides into. It has a very large mirror and very heavy. I've never seen a mirror so heavy. I have the bed, dresser and mirror, chest of drawers, and two night stands. There is a label in the top drawer that says "Made for Specialty Furniture Co., Inc. Manufactures - Wholesalers Philadelphia" Thanks for any and all the information you can give me about this furniture. Thanks, everyone. Larry
From the available images, I would suggest that this is a set of "repro" chinoisery furniture, done in the 18th cent. manner, but fairly recently made. It might either be made in the US, or the Phillipines and is mass produced.
Thanks so much, DL. It couldn't be too recent as the way this was built. There is a lot of wood in this furniture. I was hoping someone might be able to tell me a little about Specialty Furniture Co in Philadelphia.
When do you think this was built. I kind of figured it was a reproduction of some early furniture.
By the way the label is worded "Made for" not "Made by"
Specialty Furniture Co Inc was more likely a retail furniture store rather than a manufacturer. Although they may have made small accessories chances are all furniture was made to their specifications by someone other than them.
Hope this helps
Thanks, Bob, in my OP I had typed "Made For". I figured they were a big furniture company that had contracts with furniture builders. I appreciate the information and if you know of anything else that might be helpful or interesting, please let me know. As I also said in my OP, I don't know much about this.
DL, here are some more pics. Two of the carcase construction and two of the drawer construction. The close up of the drawer construction shows dovetails. It's a little hard to see in the picture. Hope this will give you a little more to work with. As you can see, on the end table, you cannot see down into the drawer below the open drawer. Each drawer has it own covey hole so to speak.
This is defiantely "repro"and mass produced. It is not made in the far East, but in the USA, and is based on much older, 18th century French Rococo models. Very difficult to see, but I imagine that the main construction is of both pine and beech wood, with use of plywoods. The joinery in the drawers, is machine made as is all of the "Rocaille" decorations. The draw handles are a composite of both "cast" and "stamped" metal. I strongly suspect, that the back is also from plywood. The surface finish, is only partly orignal as has been redone later.
The gold looking paint, is in fact bronze laquer, which is painted on and it is most definately not gilt.
Thanks again DL. This information is exactly what I was wanting to know. You are correct, the carcase back and drawer dividers are plywood. As well as the drawer bottoms. Could you put an approximate date on this furniture and maybe some value considering all the pieces in the set. And the mirror, what do you suspect it is made of since it is so heavy. I sure appreciate it. Larry
Without good image of the mirror, then
I draw a complete blank, I am afraid.
Unfortunately I prefer not to give on line valuations, based solely on either just photo's, or asking .
This is because;
1. It is notoriously difficult, not having seen the object myself and being able to make the required checks
2. Good and reliable Valuations depend on numerous factors such as; condition, provenance, make /maker, production numbers, sales venue, geographical location, and time of year.
3. Not wishing to give an on line valuation, is not a question of me ducking the issue, but out of all fairness to you yourself, and the items that you wish to sell.
4. When selling objects, it is a really good idea to put a fixed reserve on them, so that they do not get sold for nothing