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The Northern Furniture Company (Formerly Mattoon Manufacturing Co) was a U.S-based furniture manufacturer which operated from the late 19th until the early 20th century.
Brief history and description
The Northern Furniture Company was founded in 1881 by George B. Mattoon in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; (although the company at that time known as the Mattoon Manufacturing company up until Mattoon's death in 1904).
In 1916, the company was bought by the Reiss Coal Company, and from that point on the firm manufactured a large number of popular bookcases, buffets, tables and desks up until 1949, during which the company went through yet another name change to R-Way Furniture.
Susanin's Auctions in Chicago, Illinois sold a Northern Furniture Company regency-style walnut buffet for $100 in August of 2004.
Northern Furniture Company Georgian-style mahogany buffets, on the other hand, are worth as much as $200.
Susanin's Auctions in Chicago, Illinois sold a Northern Furniture Company regency-style walnut china cabinet for $125 in August of 2004.
One Northern Furniture Company Georgian-style mahogany three-drawer dresser is worth around $100.
An early 1900 Empire Revival princess dresser with figured walnut, scroll pilasters, mirror arms and a bevel mirror is worth between $150 and $250.
Christie's in New York sold a mahogany serpentine chest-of-drawers which was manufactured by the Northern Furniture Company for $688 in March of 2008.
Midwest Auction Galleries, Inc. in Oxford, Michigan sold a Federal-style mahogany chest of drawers which was manufactured by the Northern Furniture Company for $100 in October of 2008.
Guide for collectors
Bookcases, chests, drawers and buffets that were manufactured by the Northern Furniture Company are considered to be more rare and valuable than the firm's tables and desks. Items that were manufactured by the Mattoon Manufacturing Company before the firm's name was changed to the Northern Furniture Company in 1904 are also considered to be rare.
Restoration of a Northern Furniture Company item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring a Northern Furniture Company item may decrease its value).
For more information regarding Northern Furniture Company, visit the Mead Public Library's official website.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)
Main article: Furniture
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