Cron Kills Company Furniture
The Cron-Kills Company was an American furniture manufacturer from the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.
Brief history & description
Established in 1881 in Piqua, Ohio, the Cron-Kills Company was founded by A. J. Cron, R. B. Kills, Henry Flesh and Samuel Zollinger. The company produced a variety of wardrobes and ladies’ desks and was one of the largest businesses in Piqua and boasted one of the largest and best equipped furniture producing factories in the state of Ohio.
In the early-twentieth century the factory included five buildings that covered over twenty-five acres of floor space and employed over two-hundred men.
From its headquarters in Piqua, the Cron-Kills Company shipped all across the United States and also exported to some foreign countries.
The company ceased trading around 1940.
Guide to collectors
The Cron-Kills Company specialised in furniture that was characteristic of the Arts and Crafts Movement that thrived in the United States between 1860 and 1910.
Furniture items manufactured by the Cron-Kills Company feature occasionally at auction houses, particularly in the United States and prices tend to range from $200 to over $300 for individual pieces.
Cron-Kills company items are also advertised on online bidding sites, such as eBay, but instances are extremely rare and prices are typically inflated beyond their normal selling prices. For example, in February 2012, a slant top bookcase, produced by the Cron-Kills Company in the early-1920s was advertised on eBay for $9953. The piece went unsold.
On June 24th 2010, at J.S. Dill Auctions Inc., in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, an Arts and Craft Movement desk and chair, made of quarter-sewn oak, manufactured by the Cron-Kills Company, circa 1900, realised a price of $325. The piece fell within its presales estimate of $300 to $500.
In November 2008, an oak Arts and Crafts Movement slant front desk, made by the Cron-Kills Company in the late-nineteenth to early-twentieth century, realised a price of $190 through Pacific Galleries, Seattle.
In October 2005, an oak Arts and Craft Movement desk, made by the Cron-Kills Company, circa 1900, realised a price of $190 through DuMouchelles, Detroit.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)
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