Dietzgen drafting tables

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2015-06-26 10:54:24

Dietzgen drafting tables are industrial worktables with adjustable tops, made in the late 19th – early 20th century by the Eugene Dietzgen Company.

 

Background and Description

The Eugene Dietzgen Company was founded by Eugene Dietzgen (1862-1929). At 19 years old he moved from Germany to America to escape the military draft of the Kaiser, and began working for a German drafting company. He moved to Chicago and co-founded the Luhring & Dietzgen company in 1885. This then became Eugene Dietzgen & Co of Illinois in 1893, and Eugene Dietzgen Co of Delaware in 1917.

The company produced T-squares, drawing boards, surveying instruments and engineering supplies. They produced many drafting and drawing supplies and tools for industrial use. Drafting tables were often bought in bulk, for use within companies.

Dietzgen drafting tables consist of a quality wooden tabletop with cast iron adjustable legs, using wheels and levers to adjust height and tabletop from horizontal to vertical. Some examples have fold out wood drawing tool holders.

Collecting

Dietzgen drafting tables are particularly attractive articles of antique furniture, and so quite sought after, generally for use in the home as a drafting table, or a decorative item of furniture.

Dietzgen drafting tables do not come up for sale very often.

With genuine Dietzgen drafting tables, the original Dietzgen label or mark will be present.

Dietzgen drafting tables can be found on auction websites like eBay, in antique furniture stores, reclamation yards, flea markets and clearance sales.

Value

Dietzgen drafting tables generally sell for anything between $100 and $2,000, depending on age and condition.

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