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Macey Co.

·         Grand Rapids, MI, 1896 - 1905 Fred Macey Co. Ltd., 1905 - 1908 Macey-Wernicke Co., 1908 - 1940 Macey Co.

·         stacking or ‘barrister’ bookcases (a.k.a. ‘elastic’ bookcases), davenports, chairs, desks, filing cabinets, bank fixtures; advertised in Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman magazine (1914)

·         http://www.historygrandrapids.org/article/2384/macey-co

 

Shop Marks:  variety of shop marks depending on model/wood/size/finish; examples:

 

Pre 1908 (identified by the tail from the ‘Y’ underlining Macey)

 

2c_1 desklogocy7

 

desklabelan8

 

Examples below are post 1908 (identified by the tail from the ‘Y’ not underlining Macey)

 

half%20filer%20tag2 half%20filer%20tag 4ab9_1 b

 

macey x stackermacey3tmisscomp%202

 

IG512-3 IG512-4 mullionstack%20tag

 

1a_3 m1

 

mah%201 mah%203 5ertag%202

 

Catalogs:

 

ca1899 1900

1899, 1900?

 

1900MaceyCover_Small 1904 Macey1908FrontCover_Small

1900, 1904, 1908

 

1912MaceyCoverAuction Macey1927FrontCover_Small no%20date

1912, 1927, no date, catalog #1316, appears to have Mission style bookcase on cover

 

Macey1910Filing 1915

1910 and 1915 filing cabinet catalog and flyer

 

Other:

 

bd62_1bce7_1

Advertising “Gold Medal” from the Pan-American Exposition, held in Buffalo 1901

 

F595BMacey6

Railway shipping tag from American Railway Express Co. found on a Macey stacking bookcase

 

Maddox Table Co. (Morgan, Maddox & Co.)

Jamestown, NY, 1898 - 1919, then sold to Shearman Brothers Lounge Co.

·         tables, desks

 

Catalog: 1911

 

09c9_1

 

George Washington Maher

·         Chicago, IL, 1888 - 1926

·         early Victorian work evolved to Prairie School, C.F.A. Voysey, and Austrian Secessionist influence in architecture and related furnishings, furniture, lighting, clocks, rugs, metalware

·         pieces are rare; special study required

·         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Maher

 

Majestic Furniture Co.

·         Mexico and Herkimer (as of 1911), NY, 1909 - 1914

·         sideboards, dining chairs, tables, arm chairs, rockers, settees, hall and billiard chairs, writing desks, stools

·         high quality line, known for tall back chairs in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, also derivative of Gustav Stickley and L. & J.G. Stickley

 

Shop Mark: rectangular paper label w/rounded corners

 

Marble & Shattuck Chair Company (later B. L. Marble Chair Co.)

·         Cleveland (Bedford), OH, 1884 – 1895

·         office chairs; early examples of steam bent arms used in office chairs

 

Shop Marks:

 

a b

 

B. L. Marble Chair Co.

·         Bedford, OH, 1894 - 1985

·         office chairs and other furniture, rockers, coat trees; advertised in the Michigan Artisan (1906)

 

Shop Marks:

 

0e_3%20x e4_3 MVC-035S_014

 

 offchairtag mochair%20tag

Two examples with and without patent notes

 

Marietta Chair Co.

·         Marietta, OH, 1800s? per text on shop mark, to early 1900s?

·         rockers, dining chairs

 

Shop Mark:

 

323

 

Marshall Furniture Co.

·         Lestershire, NY

 

Mathews Furniture Shop

·         San Francisco, CA, 1906 – 1921?

·         founded by Arthur Frank Mathews, an important Tonalist Arts & Crafts period painter, and his wife Lucia Mathews in 1906 after the San Francisco earthquake to make artistic furniture for many of the great mansions and institutional buildings that were being rebuilt; know as the creators of “California Decorative Style” that also included landscapes, murals, stained glass, carved frames, graphic design and illustrations, and other decorative pieces; also maintained a print shop that published the monthly magazine Philopolis (“published for those who care”) and books and ephemera (note cards, calendars, bookmarks)

·         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Frank_Mathews

 

Shop Mark: branded poppy

 

MathewsChair8 x

 

Mathews Manufacturing Company

·         Clevland, OH, factory Lakewood, OH, at least 1916 - 1918

·         “Garden Craft” line, garden furniture, arbors, pergolas, fences, trellises, pieces made of cyprus

 

Shop Mark:

 

LotImg37533 b

Copy of the shop mark taken from the catalog shown below

 

Catalog:

 

LotImg37531

1917-1918

 

A.W. McCloy & Co.

·         Pittsburgh, PA, ca. 1904 – at least 1914

·         roll top desks

 

Shop Mark:

 

x

 

McDonald Furniture Co.

·         Beloit, KA, early 1900s

·         sideboards

 

Shop Mark:

 

F717B4

 

Joseph P. McHugh & Co.

·         New York, NY, 1884 - 1916

·         early proponent and the originator of the term “Mission furniture” based on comparison to Spanish mission church furniture from California, but ultimately lacked the design and quality of Gustav Stickley et. al.

·         general line including wicker

·         early successful proprietor of “The Popular Shop” in New York

·         known for the ‘McHugh Chair’, characterized by massive legs and posts

 

Shop Marks:  paper label, decal, or brass tag “JOSEPH P. McHUGH/MISSION FURNITURE”, and as shown, brand: “THE  / McHUGH / (MISSION) FURNITURE / MADE IN NEW YORK / PAX”

 

missionfurniture

 

bINSET-7008-1441

Two examples of the branded mark on different stain colored pieces; on bottom “PAX”, Latin for peace

 

Advertising:

 

1905 post card

1905 advertising post card

 

McLane Manufacturing Co.

·         Manchester then Milford, NH, 1876 - 1927

·         post office equipment, desks

·         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McLane

 

Shop Mark:

 

fe_3%20x

 

Catalog: 1906

 

McLane_1906

 

McLeod Furniture Co.

·         Grand Rapids, MI, 1912 - 1919

·         limited line

 

Shop Mark: decal w/”McLeod” in script with office desk in background over “Grand Rapids”

 

Mersman Bros. & Brandts Co.

·         Celina, OH, 1906 - 1927, then Mersman Bros. Corp.

·         dining tables, library tables, desks

 

Shop Mark:

 

51_3%20x f8d7_3

 

Michigan Chair Co.

·         Grand Rapids, MI, 1890 - 1938 (combined w/Luce and others in 1926 to form “Michigan Furniture Shops”)

·         Mission chairs as early as 1898, desks, drop front desks, tables, settles, magazine stands, dressers, corner cabinets, tabourets, pedestals, music cabinets, some Viennese, Japanese, and Prairie School design influence, also worked in mahogany

·         1500 chairs in all styles reported in early 1900s catalogs

·         http://www.furniturecityhistory.org/article/3713/michigan-chair-co#moved

 

Shop Marks:

 

smoke 1 chairsettag

ca. 1905 (Carron et. al. 1998)

 

rustictabletagx canetag

 

1911

ca. 1911 (facsimile from Carron et. al. 1998)

 

Michigan Desk Co.

·         Grand Rapids, MI, 1907 - 1918

·         general line of desks

 

Michigan Seating Co.

·         Grand Rapids, MI, at least 1907

·         Mission style wicker

 

Miller Cabinet Co.

·         Rochester (and Philadelphia (?)), NY, ca. 1903 – ca. 1956

·         general line, bookstands, tables, library tables

 

Shop Marks:

 

DSCN4852%20(Medium) 080181

Similar examples with different capital M in Miller and different graphic corner/side features

 

0237_2_lg

 

Milligan Furniture Co.

·         double post costumer

 

Shop Mark: ? example noted as “signed”

 

Milwaukee Chair Co.

·         Milwaukee, WI, ca. 1889 – ca. 1940

·         office chairs, institutional chairs

·         made chairs for the U.S. House and Senate

 

Shop Marks:

 

1a_1%20X ag_1%20x untitled%202%20j

 

x milwaukeechair6

 

Robert Mitchell Furniture Co.

·         Cincinnati, OH, and retail shops in St. Louis and New Orleans, (1836 ? as noted on catalog cover shown below) 1881 - 1930s

·         manufacturer of general line multiple styles, and reseller of others including Gustav Stickley

 

Shop Marks:

 

274 0092_6_lg

 

bc14_12

 

Catalogs:

 

furncat b4_3

Catalogue 66 Supplement, 1904?, Catalogue 75, 1908

 

Other: inkwell with company name casting

 

ink%20well

 

Morgan Woodwork Organization

·         Chicago, IL, at least 1910 – 1920s ((Morgan Company, Oshkosh WI, Morgan Sash and Door Co., Chicago IL, Morgan Millwork Co., Baltimore MD)

·         built-ins and prefab home furniture: bookcases, window seats, radiator covers, bench seats, kitchen cupboards, mantels, breakfast nooks, buffets and sideboards, plus: house plans, millwork, windows, doors, plumbing etc. 

·         advertised in Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman magazine (1910, 1911, 1914)

 

Catalog: “Building with Assurance” 1921 and reprinted 1923 (other dates?)

 

morgan21 7328_1_b

 

Mueller & Slack Co.

·         Grand Rapids, MI, 1892 - 1920

·         upholstered line

 

Catalog: 1906

 

1906

 

Murphy Chair Co.

·         Detroit, MI, ca. 1903 – ca. 1919, then Owensboro, KY

·         general line, chairs, footstools

 

Shop Marks: 1) variations of rectangular decal w/company name and model number, as shown (top refers to Detroit, next two refer to Owensboro), and 2) metal tags at bottom (date unknown, post 1919?):

 

4d_1 untitled

 

MVC-030S_008 x murphychair sidetag%201

 

Muscoda Mfg. Co.

·         Muscoda, WI, ?at least 1929?

·         library tables, drink stands

 

Shop Mark:

 

a0c6_1 b

 

Muskegon Valley Furniture Co.

·         Muskegon, MI, ca. 1913

·         general line

 

 

N

 

National Table Ltd.

·         game table and cabinet combination

 

Shop Mark: paper label

 

M.L Nelson Furniture Co.

·         Chicago, IL, at least 1908 to at least 1920

·         large wholesaler of all styles including Mission, and including W.B. Brown lighting

 

Catalog: 1909 - 1910

 

fu

 

Nelson, Matter & Co.

·         Grand Rapids MI, branches in Chicago, New York, 1870 - 1917

·         “Modern English” line of bedroom and dining suites in 1905 with Glasgow  and Viennese influence, also bedroom suites decorated with “Dutch marquetry” with Art nouveau influence, also other styles

·         http://www.historygrandrapids.org/article/2366/nelson-matter-and-co

 

Shop Mark:

 

c5_3

“NELSON, MATTER & CO. / GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. / GRAND HOTEL, PEUBLO COLORADO” from a custom sideboard

 

Charles K. Newberry

·         Rochester, NY, early 1900s

·         chairs

 

Shop Mark:

 

DSCN1493

 

New England Furniture Co.

·         Grand Rapids, MI, 1881 - 1904

·         introduced Mission line in 1903, very boxy with exaggerated pegged mortise and tenons, dining suites, buffets, sideboards, also stacking bookcases and other styles

·         Mission produced presumably for only one year to 1904 when the company was reorganized as the Grand Rapids Furniture Co.

·         http://www.historygrandrapids.org/article/2377/new-england-furniture-co

 

Shop Marks:

 

x 1903 

Mark from a stacking bookcase, including the Grand Rapids Furniture Manufacturer’s Association logo, and 1903 presumably only used until 1904 (facsimile from Carron et. al. 1998)

 

George Mann Niedecken

·         Oak Park/Chicago, IL, ca.1904 worked with Frank Lloyd Wright; Milwaukee, WI, ca. 1907 - 1940 with Niedecken-Wallbridge Co.

·         Prairie style furniture, architecture, and interior design, but also worked in other styles

·         originally subcontracted but established an artisans shop in 1910 for furniture, lighting, and stained glass, and also produced work for Frank Lloyd Wright and George Elmslie

·         pieces are very rare; special study required

 

H. C. Niemann & Co.

·         Chicago, IL, early 1900’s

·         tables

 

Shop Mark: paper label (?) with shipping information

 

Northern Chair Co.

·         Cadillac, MI, early 1900s

·         side chairs

 

Shop Mark:

 

F415CMission3

 

Northern Furniture Co.

·         Sheboygan, WI, ca. 1904 - 1916 then sold

·         bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, desks; some pieces with inlay; advertised in the Michigan Artisan (1906, 1907)

 

Shop Mark:

 

l485a_5 DSC02245 (Small)

 

Catalog: 1910

 

1910

 

North-Western Cabinet Co.

·         Burlington, IA, 1898 – 1971

·         desks, drop front desks, tables, chairs (?)

 

Shop Marks:

 

ed_3%20x

 

1053 8578AB1C-D4A0-4E96-B565-C91DAA19FEA6

(from gustavstickley.com)

 

Northwestern Furniture Mfg. Co.

·         Minneapolis MN, early 1900s

·         see shop mark picture for list of products

 

Shop Mark:

 

towelrack1e

 

Catalog: desk catalog, date?

 

g2123

 

Norwood Calef & Co.

·         Keene, NH, early 1900s

·         chairs, rockers

 

Shop Mark:

 

680_1 x

 

Novelty Wood Works Co.

·         Union City, PA (also Waterloo, IO, LaCrosse, WI, Grand Rapids, MI, Boston, MA?), 1897 - 1912?

·         drop front desks, smokers cabinet, interior trim and doors etc.

 

Shop Mark:

 

887c_3

 

Nukraft Shops Inc.

·         Ithaca, NY

 

 

O

 

Oak Craft Shops (Ramsey-Alton Mfg. Co.)

·         Portland, MI, 1905-1915

·         general good quality line, matched suites for living room, library, hall, and den; chairs, “Monarch” push button Morris chairs, rockers, settles, bookcases

 

Shop Marks:

 

147466262_tp

Mark suggested as ca. 1905 (in Carron et. al. 1998)

 

ok1 rockertag

Brand mark suggested as ca. 1912 (in Carron et. al. 1998)

 

ok2 x

Two variants of the paper tag with minor text spacing differences and letter thickness; one tag glued and one tag is tacked

 

Oak-Worth Shops

·         Gouverneur, NY, early 1900s

·         general line

 

Shop Mark: “OAKWORTH”

 

Old Hickory Chair Co. (renamed 1921 to Old Hickory Furniture Co.)

·         Martinsville (then Shelbyville), IN, 1880s - present

·         general good quality line in rustic style

·         advertised in Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman magazine (1914)

 

Shop Marks:  

 

4chair12b

ca.1895 and later, brand and paper label

 

old%20hick%20dresser armchair

 

OLDHICK

Post 1921 mark includes “Furniture” in the middle of the oval

 

ad04_12 1930s Bruce Tag copper

ca.1939 American Provincial line in chestnut and pine, and copper “Bruce Tag” used ca.1930s and later; this one marked 40 for 1940

 

9553_3

Contemporary tag

 

Catalogs:

 

1901 c ca1905

1901, 1902 (from Craftsman Auctions Catalog, Sale #11, May 15, 1999) and ca. 1905

 

1937 1939

1937 and 1939

 

Onondaga Shops – see L. & J.G. Stickley Furniture Co.

 

Oregon Chair Co.

·         Portland, OR, ca. 1915

·         side chairs, Morris Chairs “King Craft” brand

 

Shop Marks:

 

32_3 3448_3 b

 

!Bbqpwig!mk~$(KGrHqIOKioEq4JRK-u,BK)EgQ8DV!~~_3

Branded mark “King Craft”

 

Ottawa Furniture Co.

·         Holland, MI, 1887 - 1931

·         dining, breakfast, library, bedroom, and apartment suites in Mission and other styles

 

Shop Marks:

 

1917 x

First example ca. 1917 (facsimile from Carron et. al. 1998)

 

Catalog:

 

1916 supplement

July 1916, Supplement No.46 of Catalog No. 43

 

 

P

 

C.S. Paine Co.

·         Grand Rapids, MI, 1900 - 1924

·         upholstered chairs and settles, caned panels and cushions, assumed general line in Mission style, also other styles

 

Shop Mark:

 

1914

ca. 1914 (facsimile from Carron et. al. 1998)

 

Paine Furniture Co. (manufacturer and retailer)

·         Boston, MA, 1835 - 2000

·         general line; contracted pieces from Leopold Stickley ca.1902; also a reseller of Lifetime, Berkey & Gay, and Old Hickory (would add Paine tag to Lifetime pieces and/or over-stamp Lifetime tag, example below)

 

Shop Marks:

 

morristag china%20cabinet%20tag%20(Lifetime)

Two variations of brass tags, with slight differences in spacing

 

!BZc59tQBmk~$(KGrHgoH-D0EjlLlyn79BKmw6vTh0!~~_3 c3_1

Embossed variants

 

rockertag x

Brass tag with unknown paper tag (maybe Lifetime) found on a rocker

 

F105BBench6 

Early mark, and celluloid example

 

servertag mfoot7

 

1

Over-stamp of Lifetime

 

13100-3

Date unknown, possibly 1920s?

 

Paris Mfg. Co.

·         South Paris, ME, late 1800s – 1989

·         started out producing winter sleds and maintained production through its history, and eventually numerous other winter and child’s toys

·         Mission style child’s chairs, trestle base desks, child’s and full size roll top desks

 

Shop Marks:

 

desk%20tag chair%20tag

 

Parkersburg Chair Co.

·         Parkersburg, WV, early 1900s

·         chairs, footstools, rockers

 

Shop Marks:

 

rockertag arniechair002

 

Parlor Furniture Manufacturing Co.

·         Cedar Rapids, IO, early 1900s

·         reclining Morris chairs

 

Shop Mark:

 

DSC00145morris

 

Peck & Hills Furniture Co.

·         New York, NY, branches in Boston (?), Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Oakland, San Francisco, late 1800s? to at least 1934

·         manufacturer and wholesaler, maybe retailer (mail order?)

·         general line, tall case clocks, rugs, also other styles than Mission; advertised in the Michigan Artisan (1906)

 

Shop Mark:

 

JKK9925HA_mission_rocker

 

Catalog: 1915

 

bc_1

 

Peru Chair Co.

·         Peru, IN, ca. 1911 – ca. 1931

·         mahogany rockers

 

Shop Mark:

 

x

 

Peterson Art Furniture

·         Faribault, MN, 1905 – 1960s?

·         mainly produced oak and slag glass lamps, but also some furniture e.g. library tables, piano benches, desks, all under the ‘Daisy Line’ brand name

·         bought the Faribault Furniture Co. and others (Daisy Woodcraft, North Star Furniture Co., Waterville Furniture Co., prior to 1914?)

 

Shop Mark:

 

alib11 x.JPG

 

Catalog: 1914 facsimile

 

1914.jpg

 

Phoenix Chair Co.

·         Sheboygan, WI, late 1800s – ca.1949 (St. Paul, MN – factory)

·         office chairs, rockers, armchairs, some models similar to Harden

 

Shop Marks:

 

rocker%20tag 1045x

(second from gustavstickley.com)

 

f6534d

 

c28c_3 F532CChairs3

Upholstery tags

 

Catalog: 1918, No.43

 

1918

 

Phoenix Furniture Co.

·         Grand Rapids, MI, 1872 - 1920, then Robert W. Irwin Co. but Phoenix name still used

·         major manufacturer but evidence of producing significant Mission/Arts & Crafts furniture is lacking; known for designer David Kendall’s development of innovative stains and work in Celtic, Byzantine, Japanese, Moorish and Arabic decoration and carving, and considered contemporary to Charles Rohlfs

·         known for Kendall’s “McKinley” chair design (a chair owned/used by President McKinley) in 1894 - often copied by other companies like Joseph Mc Hugh, Paine Furniture, Come-Packt, Leavens, and Ford and Johnson

·         often confused with Phoenix Chair Co.

·         http://www.historygrandrapids.org/article/2365/phoenix-furniture-co

 

Shop Mark:

 

pre 1920

Pre 1920 (facsimile from Carron et. al. 1998)

 

S.K. Pierce & Son Co.

·         Gardner, MA, New York, NY, early 1900s

·         office chairs “Pierce craft’

 

Shop Marks:

 

x 98c7_1

 

Piqua Tables

·         Piqua, OH, early 1900s

·         Desks

 

Shop Mark:

 

0bee_3

 

Plail Brothers Chair Co.

·         Wayland, NY, 1906 - 1933

·         general line, known for steam bending and barrel chair design

 

Shop Mark:

 

1172_2_lg

 

Plimpton Scofield Co.

·         Boston, MA, early 1900s

·         school desks, chairs

 

Shop Mark:

 

d5_1

 

Plymouth Chair Company

·         Plymouth, WI, early 1900s

·         ”Puritan Mission” rocking chairs for hospital use

 

Portland Furniture Co.

·         Portland, MI, ca. 1900  - ?

·         advertised in the January 1903 edition of the “Grand Rapids Furniture Record” as one of the earliest active companies making Mission furniture; more research required

·         chairs

 

Posselius Bros. Furniture Mfg. Co,

·         Detroit, MI, late 1800’s – 1919 (sold)

·         dining tables, sideboards

 

Shop Mark:

 

B076 (Small)

 

Frederick Post Co.

·         Chicago, IL

·         drafting tables, drafting and engineering supplies

 

Shop Mark:

 

51_1

 

Prairie Grass Furniture Co. – see Crex Grass Furniture

 

Premier Mfg Co.

·         Fayetteville, NY, 1905 - 1911

·         a.k.a. Knaus Bros. & Arvine Co. (founder names)

·         copied Gustav Stickley designs; many of the principals formerly worked for Stickley

·         general line “Craftstyle

 

Shop Mark:Craftstyle

 

Premier Mfg. Co. (?)

·         Grand Rapids MI

 

Pullman Couch Co.

·         Chicago, IL, at least 1903 - 1951

·         ‘Davenport’ sofa beds, upholstered chairs

 

Shop Marks:

 

untitled massivechaircouchtag%20j

 

sofatag couch1

 

 

Q

 

Quaint Art Furniture Co.

·         Syracuse, NY, 1909 - 1916

·         general good quality line

 

Shop Mark: 1) oval paper label w/oval black outline around company name, and 2) rectangular paper label w/company name, style number and finish, and the following:

 

DSCF25451 b!Bc(I+G!B2k~$(KGrHqMOKikEq4123j8VBK0Mbld2(Q~~_3

Shipping Dept. tag and Upholstery Dept. tag

 

Quaker Mission Craft

·         rockers, foot stools, Morris chairs

·         chairs with the Quaker Mission Craft logo have been found co-marked with the Sikes Chair Co. mark; QMC is assumed to be a Sikes ‘brand’ name

 

Shop Mark: white decal w/white lettering (?), and:

 

0139_5_lgx d3_1

Two examples with slightly different background colors; possible color fade, lighting affect, or variants

 

9960%20(8) x

Slightly different shape and layout than variant shown above.

 

The Quaker Shop (possibly a retailer)

·         Philadelphia, PA, early 1900s?

·         tall case clocks, bookcases, bookstands, library tables, side chairs, rockers

 

Catalog:

 

43den1

 

 

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