More American of Martinsville Info

American of Martinsville has an extensive history and is still producing furniture today, but here's their streamlined story with the pertinent parts for a mid-century fan: Founded in 1906 by Virginia tobacco producers, American of Martinsville furniture line consisted of only bedroom furniture. In the early 1920s the company added dining room furniture and began to expand its offerings through a number of diverse styles. In the 1950s, as the company grew, so did American of Martinsville's reputation for styling and design leadership. With products in almost every design, the company continued to expand its offerings to cover the living room, in both wood and upholstered furniture.

The adjectives that are used to describe American of Martinsville's mid-century furniture the most are "Danish modern" and "high-quality" - at least from what I've found online. And the easiest way to spot their vintage stuff is either by these slats or these pulls and Xs Neither of which the mid-century bar I'm tracking down has, which is making it a little harder to pin down what collection it's from.

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  1. i am trying to find out the value of bedroom set from amarican of martisville

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  2. I want learn about the history of a bebroom set that was given to my daughter. When it was made? It is made by American of Martinsville. It is black lacquer with a silver or gray stain pattern that reveals the grain of wood on front of furniture.

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    1. If you send some pictures to MadForMidCentury@gmail.com, I'll see what I can do to track down some history for you.

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  3. I'm trying to find the value of my American of Martinsville bedroom set. It consists of a tallboy, dresser with mirror, headboard, and nightstand. It is yellow wood with small slatted design on top drawers of all. The handles are a thumbprint design.

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    1. It's hard to say what something like that would be worth without knowing more details, but this post might help you get started: http://www.madformidcentury.com/2012/04/pricing-mid-century-furniture.html

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  4. Just posted a JUMBO piece of this on EBay........check it out! STEAL of a PRICE ! Get it before it's gone !

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  5. I have a dresser which I was told was made by the American Furniture Co.
    Don't know if it is the same co. It had a round mirror, which is missing, and has 4 drawers with amber colored Lucite handles with copper pins. I was told it was bought in the forties. Can you tell me where I can get the frame and mirror that is missing. And possibly other parts of the bedroom set. Thank you.

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    1. That's going to be a tough one. I would try contacting the manufacturer and see if they can help you out at all. But most likely you'll probably just have to hunt ebay, craigslist and your local vintage stores and hope to get lucky.

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  6. I am trying to find out the value of an American Martinsville club chair. The chair has beautiful wood trim along the arms and front. The chair looks to have the original upholstery in very nice condition.

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    1. There are a lot of factors that can go into the value of that piece. Check out this post though, it might help: http://www.madformidcentury.com/2012/04/pricing-mid-century-furniture.html

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  7. Can you help determine when my bedroom set was made?

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    1. Hi Heather. Maybe. If you send some photos to MadForMidCentury@gmail.com I'll see what I can find.

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  8. I am looking for a rough estimate of the value of a c.1960s credenza I snagged at a yard sale and refinished myself I believe it to be part of a set because I cant find a price for it by itself. It is of the dania collection I think. It is the slatted style with 3 drawers. Thanks

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    1. It is exactly like the example given above actually.

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    2. There are so many variables that go into pricing a mid-century piece that it's impossible for me to do online, but check out this post on pricing mid-century furniture and you might be able to get a good idea yourself.

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  9. I have an American of Martinsville writting desk. I noticed most of the pictures show there name stamped on the furniture. My desk, inside the drawer the name is actually on a metal tag on the drawer. Does this determine a time frame?

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    1. It definitely does. Logo changes with a line can narrow the time frame to a few years or even a single year. I don't know much about the American of Martinsville logo changes though. My guess is the metal tag was very early or very late in the line.

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  10. Trying to date an American of Martinsville Merton Gershon buffet marked "4006/5 DR, 4006 19 BUFF. Also, a smaller matching 3 drawer chest marked 4000-I.DR UNIT Lot. 739. Any idea?

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  11. I have a piece wondering how to go about selling it l live Daytona Beach Fl..

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    1. The first step is to figure out how much to charge in your area. My article on how to price mid-century furniture might help. The put in on craigslist, ebay, or your preferred online outlet. You could also ask local vintage stores if they're interested in purchasing it or a consignment agreement.

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  12. Are there sources available to help me determine the style/model name/number of the 4-pc American of Martinsville bedroom suite I have?

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  13. I have an American of Martinsville Dania Collection bar and bench with an almost complete set of original glassware...missing one martini glass. I'm wondering if anyone knows who made the glassware and where to look to find a replacement.

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  14. hello, i have a 1979 american of martinsville dinning room table, with leaf three glass inserts and original box and recipt. the box is labeled asian tour. Does anyone have any idea of a value for resale?

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  15. hello, i have a 1979 american of martinsville dinning room table, with leaf three glass inserts and original box and recipt. the box is labeled asian tour. Does anyone have any idea of a value for resale?

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    1. This post might help. Midcentury furniture is so hard to price because prices are so local, but you should be able to track some info for Martinsville in your area.

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    2. Nothin! i've tryed everyone no one knows anything about the piece.

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  16. I have a china cabinet that I am interestedi n learning more about. Such as date it was made and how much it is worth. Can you please help? Thank you Chrissy

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    1. Hi, Chrissy. If you email some photos to MadForMidCentury@gmail.com I'll see what I can find. Thanks for reading.

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  17. Hello I have an American Martinsville bedroom set I wanted to find out what it's worth is was given to me 15 years ago. By my at the time 75 year old client band she said it was her first bedset she nd her hubby bought...I sent an email with pictures to the email provided on above posts. .please let me knw thanks

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  18. I am trying to find original hardware for an American of Martinsville dresser. Any direction would be appreciated.

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  19. I HAVE 2 AMERICAN OF MARTINSVILLE CREDENZAS. ONE MID CENTURY VINTAGE MODERN.BOTH IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.THEY'VE BEEN APPRAISED BY AN ANTIQUE DEALER: The mid century modern appraised at $1500.00, which has a large matching mirror, and the other antique between $850-$950. Prices are negotiable. Are you able to help me find a buyer?

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    1. Both are american of martinsville

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