J.S Ford, Johnson & Company Furniture
J.S Ford, Johnson & Company was an American furniture manufacturer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Brief history and description
J.S Ford, Johnson & Company was established in Ohio in 1897 by Henry Johnson and John Sherlock Ford.
The company moved to Chicago in 1872, changing their name from ‘The Ford and Johnson Company’ to the better known ‘J.S Ford, Johnson and Company’. The company was a well-known manufacturer of Mission-style furniture.
The company enjoyed steady success, and was regarded as amongst the top furniture companies in the United States in the early 1900s.
Unfortunately, J.S Ford, Johnson and Company went bankrupt in 1913, and its items and shares were sold to Midland Chair and Seating Company, before finally, all assets were sold to the Karpen Brothers in 1916.
Guide for collectors
J.S Ford, Johnson and Company pieces are available at mainstream and specialist live auctions, antique shops, and online auctioneers such as eBay where rarer items may be found for surprisingly low prices, though prospective collectors are strongly advised to verify the authenticity of a piece before bidding or purchasing.
The Brooklyn Museum features a J.S Ford, Johnson and Company piece; an armchair dated from 1905. Similarly, the Art Institute of Chicago has an armchair dated from 1904 in its collection.
Antique specialist websites such as Antiques Navigator contain further information on correctly identifying works by the company.
The highest price paid for a JS Ford, Johnson and Company piece is $750, for a cut out hall seat in good condition, sold from Craftsman Auctions on 11th March 2007.
JS Ford, Johnson and Company pieces in good condition can generally sell for prices between $250-500, whilst those of superior preserved quality can generally be expected to sell for prices up to around $600.
The lowest price paid for a JS Ford, Johnson and Company piece is $175, for an early wood train station bench dated from 1911, which auctioned from Victorian Casino Antiques on 9th October 2010.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)