Antique Grand Rapids Chair Co. William & Mary Walnut Display Cabinet Jacobean



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Antique Grand Rapids Chair Company China Display Cabinet, Hutch or Curio, circa 1910-20s. Drawing inspiration from William & Mary and Jacobean styling. A rectangular frame made from walnut with burled panels. Features a central lockable glass door trimmed with shapely molding along the corners and a downward quarter cut spindle at the center. Opens to two shelves with plate grooves. The cabinet is supported by tuned legs along the front and straight legs at the rear. The legs are connected by an H stretcher with beautifully turned trestle support. Originally purchased from Henshaws Furniture in Cincinnati, Ohio

Grand Rapids Chair Co.
1872 - 1973
Grand Rapids, Michigan

1872: Company founded; incorporated the following year.

1945 – 1957: Company operates as a subsidiary of Sligh-Lowery, but continues to produce furniture under the Grand Rapids Chair name.

1957: Firm is purchased by Baker Furniture Co., but furniture is still produced under the Grand Rapids Chair name.

1973: Factory and assets fully integrated into Baker; furniture no longer made under the Grand Rapids Chair name.

From its founding until 1880, the company produced chairs and sold surplus logs and lumber. In 1878, they boasted more than 450 styles of chairs. More than 300 boys and girls were employed at the State Reform School in Lansing to cane the seats. In that same year, they began production of upholstery frames for parlor furniture. In 1880 Elisha Foote expanded the styles of furniture made and began manufacturing complete suites. An 1883 article about Grand Rapids Chair Co. mentions that ash is their popular wood for that season, with “carved panels and heavier moldings.” By the late 1880s their product lines had expanded to include medium-grade chamber suites, tables, bookcases, sideboards, and chiffoniers of maple, birch, cherry, and walnut, as well chairs. Ads by the turn of the century stated emphatically that “we make no chairs.”

Early 20th-century ads show both Golden Oak case pieces with serpentine fronts and cabriole legs referencing French historical styles, as well as Mission oak pieces. A 1900 article also lists mahogany, birch, maple, and bird’s-eye maple in their lines. Ads from the 1910s and ‘20s show dining room furniture, living room, and hall furniture, and spinet desks in a wide range of period styles, including Spanish Renaissance, Spanish Gothic, Elizabethan, Jacobean, Georgian, Adam, and Early American. Favored woods were walnut and mahogany. A Tudor line called “Castle Oak” seems to have been a flagship product in the early twenties.


Very Good; Gently Used


13.5" x 40" x 61.5"h, shelves 11.75", 11.75", 13.75"