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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