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Older mass-produced pieces whose origins fall somewhere between 18 are ideal candidates for refinishing.
With a few exceptions, they don’t have high value as antiques but are solidly made and can last for many years.
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I’m wondering if you have any information about a company named Colby’s. Colby’s was mostly a furniture retailer, having closed its factory in the 1920s.
I recently purchased a kidney-shaped desk with beautiful and complicated veneers, inlays and marquetry. It is very possible that Colby’s had a well known manufacturer make these items for them and affix their own label.
That said, it is important to realize that skilled craftsmen are building furniture by hand even today so you'll want to continue to investigate the age of the piece using at least one other method.
If you have a worn old dresser or rickety heirloom chair on your hands, you may be thinking of refinishing it yourself.
Kling Factories was a volume manufacturer of furniture--mostly bedroom furniture--throughout the 20th century.
At its peak, it was producing furniture in four plants and employed as many as 500 people.
Desks and dining room furniture were offered during some periods.
One thing that was consistent about all Kling furniture was a strong commitment to quality.
On the underside of the desk is a small brass tag bearing the name Colby’s and a five- digit number. I live in Chicago and there used to be a furniture store by the name of Colby’s, but I don’t know if it dated back that far or if they made furniture. One major manufacturer of kidney shaped items in the 1920s and early 1930s was Widdicomb Furniture Co.
I suppose another option is that Colby’s did not make, but sold the piece and put its label on it. Colby’s was the last name used by a company founded in 1869 by John Colby and Jacob Wirts. of Grand Rapids who made a large variety of European Revival models such as Italian and Venetian.
Antique furnishings can tell a story one that may only exist in the imagination of the lucky person acquiring the piece.