Knaus Manufacturing Company Furniture
Knaus Manufacturing Company Furniture is furniture produced by the American Knaus Manufacturing Co.
Description And History
Knaus Manufacturing Co. was founded in Constantia, New York State, in 1908. The Knaus family, German American immigrants, had been making furniture since 1899. The company was sold in 1913, but retained the same name.
Much (not all) of the furniture produced was marked with a small metal plate stamped "Knaus Meisterwerk Furniture, The Knaus Manufacturing Company, Constantia, N.Y."
Typical of Knaus designs are sturdy, square-shaped furniture in solid hardwoods, including armchairs, dining chairs, dining tables, beds and benches. The shapes are characteristic of Art and Craft furniture. The popularity of these designs has increased recently due to the simple lines, which blend well with modern furniture.
Guide For Collectors
The arts-crafts website gives an overview of the Arts and Crafts movement and Arts and Crafts furniture which may enable collectors to make more informed purchases. Ragtime, Worthpoint and Bargain John offer online sales and information about items of furniture; liveauctioneers.com give information about recent and upcoming auctions.
The Arts and Crafts Homes website are concerned with buying, selling and presenting Arts and Craft furniture, and is of interest to anyone wanting to research the subject and integrate it into their home. Reproduction furniture in the characteristic Art and Craft style is readily available.
The ubiquitous "Mission" style of furniture with it's clean, simple lines, can be found on all sites which are dedicated to the sale of Arts and Crafts antiques. However, it can be difficult to ascertain which of several companies which were operating in the United States during the first two decades of the 20th Century, actually manufactured the pieces which are offered for sale.
Not every item was marked with the name of the maker. As an example, in February 2012 an unsigned set of six Mission Oak dining chairs was offered for sale by Phil Taylors Antiques for the price of $1,395. Other such items can be found on GustavStickley.com. In September 2008 a single Mission Oak chair, verified to be by Knaus Manufacturing, was sold by Stephenson's Auction for $110.