Canadian Makers and Retailers
Adams Furniture Co.
· Toronto, ON, 1895 (as C.F. Adams Co., name changed early 1900s?) – 1970s
· large home furnishings department store and presumably manufacturer; expanded to four stores by the 1930s
· general line of Mission and other styles, thin representation in 1907 catalog with expanded line in 1910 catalog
Shop Mark: “The Adams Furniture Company of Toronto LTD.” (found on a period phonograph)
1907 and 1910
Advertising: period pin/card trays with cast iron stove advertising
Anchor Bedding Co. Ltd.
· Preston, ON (now Cambridge) (wholesale showrooms in Toronto & Montreal), early 1900s
· brass and iron beds, Mission style davenports
Catalog: ca. 1910
Baetz Brothers Furniture Co. (Ltd.?)
· Kitchener, ON (named changed from Berlin 1914), 1908 - 1967? with company name change to Anthes Baetz Furniture Co. ca. 1920
· chairs, rockers, settle copy of Gustav Stickley
Catalog: facsimile, unknown date
Bell Furniture Co. Ltd.
· Southampton, ON, 1907 - 1937
· general line; bedroom, living room, dining room, arm chairs
· Pointe-au-Pic, PQ, ca. 1910 – 1983
· small family run cabinetmaker shop
· Morris chair, adjustable floor lamp, lamp table, sideboard, custom work, in Mission style from local hardwoods (birch/maple/elm)
Canada Furniture Manufacturers Limited
· Woodstock, head office, with factories in Wiarton, Wigham, Woodstock, Waterloo, Walkerton, Berlin (Kitchener), Seaforth, (presumably other locations), ON, wholesale showrooms in Toronto, ON and Winnipeg, MN, 1901 - 1914?
· an amalgamation of no less than 17 - 20 (references vary) furniture companies controlled by Siemons Brothers; reportedly only 3 of the original 16 factories were running by 1908 however the ca. 1911 catalog illustrates 9 factories
· full line in ‘Mission’, ‘Art Craft’, ‘Old English’ and other styles; manufacturer of Macey bookcases and sectional filing cabinets for Canada (Seaforth factory)
· Robert Simpson Company Limited catalog of 1911-12 has several CFM pieces from the 1911 catalog shown below
Marks found on a Macey stacking bookcase; plain sawn oak office style
Mark found on Macey stacking bookcase with leaded glass fronts
Edwin Challener, b. 1843 – d. 1914
· cabinetmaker of George Agnew Reid music cabinet ca. 1905
James A. Cole Furniture Co. Limited
· Ingersoll, ON, early 1900s?
· lamp tables
F.E. Coombe Furniture Co. Limited (originally Watson and Coombe)
· Kincardine, ON, 1903 - 1972
· tables, desks, smokers cabinets, bookcases, all types of seating, office furniture
Catalog: 1916-17 facsimile
Dominion Furniture Co.
· Edmonton, AB, ca. 1921
· tables, dressers
T. Eaton Co. Limited (commonly ‘Eaton’s’)
· Toronto, ON (warehouses Winnipeg, MN, Moncton, NB), 1869 - 1999
· iconic largest retail mail order operation in Canada (early order offices across the country) plus early flagship stores in Toronto and Winnipeg
· general line in Mission which first appears in the Fall-Winter 1905 catalog, with other styles, and continues to at least 1924
First example, shipping tag found on a Mission china cabinet
Catalogs: various dates 1906 - 1922/23 which still contains Mission furniture
Elmira Furniture Co.
· Elmira, ON, early 1900s
· chairs in Mission style, presumably also diners, tables, rockers, based on shop mark
Globe-Wernicke Co. (see also, listing in American Manufacturers section)
· Stratford, ON, 1903 – 1926, factory sold in 1926 to Preston-Noelting Ltd.
· Canadian branch making stacking bookcases, filing cabinets, office supplies
First example, retailer’s mark over a bookcase mark, second, from a stacking baookcase
Combination tag noting Preston-Noelting, probably from ca. 1926 when the factory was sold; the Globe name was likely used under license for a certain period
Grand and Toy Ltd. (retailer)
· Toronto, ON, 1883 - present
· office furniture and office supplies
Hespeler Furniture Co. Ltd.
· Hespeler, ON (now Cambridge), 1901 - 1964
· dressers, washstands, beds, assumed general line
Heywood Brothers & Wakefield Co. (or commonly Heywood Wakefield)
Heywood Wakefield Furniture Co. of Canada
· Orillia, ON, 1921 - at least 1926, factory and warehouse, Montreal, PQ, in business 1926, salesroom and warehouse (see also listing in American Makers)
· Orillia factory noted for production of baby carriages; other products unknown and products carried/shown in Montreal also unknown however given the prolific range of chairs, settles, office chairs, and Mission style wicker produced in the United States it is assumed a variety of product was stored and sold in Canada
John Kay Co. Ltd.
· Toronto, ON, early 1900s
· retailer; sold H. Krug Furniture Co. desks
· amalgamated into Murray-Kay Limited 1910
Kindel Bed Company
· Toronto, ON (New York, Chicago) (see listing in American Makers)
· sofa beds
Knechtel Furniture Co. Ltd.
· factories in Walkerton, Hanover (1867), Southampton (1901), ON, 1867 – 1983
· assumed general line, bookcases, stacking bookcases
Shop Mark: decal on stacking bookcases, and:
Kroehler Mfg. Co.
· Stratford, ON, ca. 1913 (see also listing in American Makers)
· chairs, sofa beds
Two variants, slightly different line weight
H. Krug Furniture Co. Limited
· Berlin, ON (name changed to Kitchener, ON, 1919), 1880 - present
· office furniture, Mission tables, desks, chairs, rockers, foot stools, waste baskets, copies of Stickley Brothers, Harden
Shop Marks: shop marks are generally found on office furniture but not Mission style furniture; stenciled model numbers sometimes seen on Mission style
Catalog: 1913 (same cover as 1910)
P.T. Legaré Limitée
· Quebec City, PQ, head office, stores in Sherbrooke and Montréal, 1896 (?) – 1930s
· retailer general line Mission style, also catalog sales to other Provinces and agricultural/auto equipment
Library Bureau Sole Makers
· Canadian location (factory ?, branch office ?) based on known shop mark “Library Bureau Sole Makers, Canada”, see details in American Makers section, late 1800s – 1925?
· filing cabinets, card catalogs
The Lippert Furniture Co. Ltd. / Geo. J. Lippert Table Co.
· Kitchener, ON, 1899 - early 1930s
· George Lippert Sr. and George Jacob Lippert are associated with the respective company names noted above; assumed to be family with George Jacob being the junior and who created his own company ca. 1910 – there also are historical references to the H. A. Lippert Furniture Factory in Kitchener
· tables, jardinière stands, bookstand derivative of Gustav Stickley, ‘Hemco’ Morris chair with sliding footrest
Malcolm & Souter
· Hamilton, ON, 1885 - 1969
· largest historical furniture manufacturer in Hamilton
· Mission library tables, sideboards, general line assumed
McGill Chairs Ltd.
· Cornwall, ON, ? – at least 1926
· chairs derivative of Harvey Ellis for Gustav Stickley
George McLagan Furniture Co.
· Stratford, ON, ca. 1902 - 1918 (the owner, George McLagan, died at work in 1918)
· general line, dining room sets, hall seats, library tables
Mitchell & McGill
· Toronto, ON, ? - at least 1929
· filing cabinets, chairs?
Shop Mark: decal
· Elora, ON, 1896 - 1929?
· John C. Mundell was a successor to his father’s (also John) company which began in 1880
· assumed general line, Morris chairs, telephone table
· known Morris Chair also seen in Canadian Furniture Manufacturers catalog of 1911 and Robert Simpson Company Limited catalog of 1911-12; as a result it is assumed this company was part of the CFM amalgamation or alternatively, pieces were copied, wholesaled, or plans were licensed
· retailer; Toronto, ON, and Montreal, PQ, successor to John Kay Co. Ltd. and W.A. Murray & Company Ltd., 1910 - 1923
· small tables, umbrella stands, china cabinets etc.
National Table Co., Limited
· Owen Sound, ON, ca. 1898 – ca. 1929
· lamp tables, smoker stands, bedroom and dining furniture, library furniture
North American Furniture Co. Ltd.
· Owen Sound, ON, 1910 – ca. 1939
· dining and bedroom sets, server carts, chairs
· catalog amalgamation with the Owen Sound Chair Co Ltd., start date unknown
Catalog: 1921 combined with Owen Sound Chair Co. Ltd.
The Office Specialty Mfg. Co.
· Newmarket and Toronto, ON, 1888 - 1920s?
· subsidiary of Yawman & Erbe Mfg. Co. of Rochester, NY
· tables, card filing drawers and cabinets, bank and mail boxes, other office supplies, post office furniture
Shop Marks: mark of “Yawman & Erbe Mfg. Co., Toronto” is also known, in addition to the following:
Catalog: 1920 post office supply catalog
Owen Sound Chair Co. Ltd.
· Owen Sound, ON, 1912 – late 1930s
· living, dining, child, and office chairs
· catalog amalgamation with the North American Furniture Co. Ltd., start date unknown
Catalog: 1921 combined with the North American Furniture Co. Ltd.
· Stratford, ON, 1926 – early 1990’s (factory purchased from Globe-Wernicke Co. in 1926)
· stacking book cases, file boxes, under the “Prestonia” brand name
Tag with handwritten pattern and finish codes, and tag with printed pattern and finish codes
Decal mark on the bottom edge of a stacking bookcase door frame, viewable when the door is open and slid into the top of the respective stacking section
George Agnew Reid, b. 1860 – d. 1947
· genre painter and muralist who also did furniture and interior design, principally in the Toronto area
· active in academia and society levels
· furniture examples (noted as 1900, piano and bench, and 1905, music cabinet) held by the National Gallery of Canada
Reid Brothers Manufacturing Company
· Toronto, ON, early 1900s
· cabinetmakers of furniture (e.g. piano and bench) designed by George Agnew Reid (no relation)
Reid’s Furniture Store
· Brampton, ON, early 1900’s
· retailer; sold Nataional Table Co. tables
The St. Lawrence Furniture Co. Limited
· Riviere-Du- Loup, QC, early 1900s
· very few Mission style pieces in printed oak finish
Catalog: facsimile, No. 7, date unknown
Robert Simpson Company Limited
· Toronto, ON (also Montreal, Regina, Halifax), 1872-1952 then Simpson Sears
· large retail mail order operation with flagship store in Toronto; primary competitor to T. Eaton Co. Limited with generally a better selection of Mission oak based on catalog comparison
· general line in Mission and other styles
· several pieces in the 1911-12 catalog are seen in the Canadian Furniture Manufacturers catalog of 1911, who is thus likely to have been a major regional supplier
1911-12 and 1917-1918
Skinner & Son Co. ?
· Orillia, ON, early 1900s, retailer or manufacturer?
· china cabinets
Shop Mark: stenciled “SKINNER & SON CO. / ORILLIA”
Snyder Bros. Upholstering Co.
· Waterloo, ON, early 1900s
· “Thorobed” sofa beds
Stratford Chair Co. Ltd.
· Stratford, ON, early 1900s
· side, arm, rocking chairs; pieces with carved geometric designs
Strathroy Furniture Company Limited
· Strathroy, ON, 1896 - 1992
N. G. Valiquette Limited
· Montreal, PQ, 1894 – 1980s, maybe later
· large furniture retailer; bedroom and living room Mission furniture
· Toronto & Hamilton, ON, 1919 – 1926
· Canadian Govt. shop that employed disabled veterans of the First World War; Hamilton location reported to be the shop that made furniture and toys
· children’s desks and chairs; also wooden toys, doll furniture, wooden plaques, and a range of Arts & Crafts hammered metalwork (Toronto shop); also Remembrance Day poppies
First two, found on child’s chair and roll-top desk, third, found on a wooden plaque
Victoriaville Furniture Company
· Victoriaville, PQ, early 1900s
· general line of printed oak finish Mission style, possibly solid oak as well (?)
Walker and Clegg
· Wingham, ON, early 1900s
· lamp tables, library tables, drop leaf table, book trough, arm chairs, rocking chairs, day bed, Morris chairs, settles, many models derivative of Gustav Stickley
Catalog: facsimile, date unknown
Winnipeg Furniture Co.
· Winnipeg, MN, early 1900s
· high back benches
Shop Mark: known piece noted as marked