The Jamestown Furniture Industry: History in Wood, 1816-1920 (Paperback)

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The Jamestown Furniture Industry: History in Wood, 1816-1920 (Paperback)

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Jamestown furniture is renowned for its quality of its wood furniture, even today. Read the history beginning in 1816 by local expert Clarence Carlson.


While all but gone today, Jamestown's furniture industry was once the second-largest producer of furniture in the United States. Manufacturing boomed from 1816, when William Breed and Royal Keyes opened their shops, to the 1920s, when Jamestown was still one of the top wood furniture producers in the country. In the nineteenth century, the thriving railroad industry allowed Jamestown's quality creations to be distributed nationwide. After the Civil War, an influx of Swedish immigrants brought their craftsmanship and skills to Jamestown, forming Morgan Manufacturing, Empire Furniture Company and many others. Then, their pieces were valued for quality and durability; today, they're coveted by collectors as beautiful antiques. Local expert Clarence Carlson uncovers the fascinating story of Jamestown furniture.

Product Details ISBN: 9781626192959
ISBN-10: 1626192952
Publisher: History Press
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
Pages: 192
Language: English