Vintage Dunbar Furniture



2015-06-26 10:31:50

Vintage Dunbar Furniture is original furniture produced during the 20th century by the American manufacturer Dunbar.

Brief history and description

The origins of the Dunbar furniture items can be dated back to 1910. They typically feature hand-made designs and fine materials such as walnut or maple, and beech being the most common and popular.

Some of the many collectible Dunbar furniture items include sofas, dining chairs, desks, ottomans, tables, lounge chairs, cabinets, chests of drawers, shelves, end tables and much more.

One of Dunbar's most famous designers, Edward J. Wormley, designed various different groundbreaking Dunbar furniture items during the 1920s which remain highly collectible to this day.

Guide for collectors

Dunbar furniture items that were designed by the company's most notable designer, Edward J. Wormley, are considered to be the most rare and valuable. Furniture items which still have the original Dunbar label or stamp are considered to be rare, but not necessarily the most valuable.

Restoration of an vintage Dunbar furniture item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a Dunbar furniture item may decrease its value.

For more information regarding vintage Dunbar furniture items, visit Collect Dunbar's official website.


Wright Auctions in Chicago, Illinois sold a Dunbar walnut cabinet featuring lacquered wood, terrazzo, antique carved Japanese print blocks and brass (66" x 20" x 77") for $1,100 in July of 2011.

Case Antiques, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee sold a walnut Dunbar furniture chest of drawers (33" x 44.25" x 21.5") with five dovetailed drawers, vertical wooden pools, and a brass Dunbar label for $1,000 in January of 2012.

Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pensylvania sold:

  • A pair of red, blue and tan striped Dunbar club chairs for $200 in September of 2007, and a pair of green floral patterned Dunbar club chairs for $600 in September of 2007.
  • A custom white Dunbar Jack Lenor fabric sofa for $2,600 in February of 2008, and another custom white Dunbar-style Jack Lenor fabric sofa for $3,000 in February of 2008.
  • A set of Dunbar-style dining chairs with upholstered seats and tapering legs for $1,400 in February of 2008.
  • A Dunbar Louis XVI mahogany desk for $650 in March of 2006.
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