Nelson Matter Company Furniture
Nelson Matter Company Furniture is furniture produced by the American manufacturer of the same name during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Brief history and description
In 1863, James M. and Ezra T. Nelson purchased interest in a local factory owned by Mr. Comstock, and the business became Comstock, Nelson & Co. The proprietor later sold the remaining stock to his son, Tileston Comstock, and businessman Elias Matter bought Tileston Comstock’s interest in 1870, before retitling the company the Nelson Matter Furniture Company.
The Nelson Matter Company operated from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is regarded as amongst the most historic businesses in the history of Michigan. Grand Rapids was long considered as the furniture producing capital of America, providing quality output at several different companies; furniture produced in Grand Rapids came with an automatic seal of excellence, of which the Nelson Matter Furniture Company was certainly included.
Guide for collectors
Nelson Matter furniture is available not only from mainstream and specialist auctions but also from online sources such as eBay, where bargains may be found. However, prospective collectors seeking to purchase items from the Nelson Matter range online are advised to seek specialist advice before purchasing so as to ensure the items they purchase are authentic.
The Grand Rapids public library features a guide to The Nelson Matter Company’s work, which is accessible via their website. The Metropolitan Museum of Art also features the company’s book from 1906, ‘Nelson Matter Furniture Company Spring 1906’.
The highest price paid for a Nelson Matter Company piece is $2,500, for a Victorian walnut and burl walnut side lock chest of drawers dated from 1875, which sold from O’Gallerie on 27th Ocrtober 2003. Items of the same type normally sell for between $1000-2000.
Meanwhile, Nelson Matter dressing tables and sideboards generally sell for between $500-800.
The lowest price paid for a Nelson Matter piece is $125, for a lot comprising a set of two mahogany rocking chairs dated from 1920, which auctioned from Du Mouchelles on 13th June 2009.
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