Vintage Rittenhouse Furniture
J.C. Rittenhouse was an American-based furniture manufacturer that specialised in rustic fittings.
History & Description
The company was established in 1927 by John Rittenhouse, a popular furniture maker who moved from his home town of Genesee Valley, New York, to Cheboygan, Michigan. He began the company at the age of 48 and continued to manufacture distinctive furniture until 1954 when the company was sold to Don Deinzer who kept producing the line until 1963. John used a blue Foil label afixed to the underside of pieces (often missing). The label changed to brown under Deinzer.
Johns furniture was crafted from cedar and his table designs often incorporated the wood’s natural rounded edges on the under side. His characteristically rustic furniture was in great demand in America during the 1930s and 1940s due to the numbers of camps and cottages being built in the countryside.
Between 1927 and 1954, the company produced a wide variety of furniture, including wardrobes, beds, cupboards, tables, chairs, couches, and lighting
Guide for collectors
Today, Rittenhouse furniture is commonly found in American cabins that have been converted into museums, hotels or public houses. As a result, it is extremely rare that they appear at either national or international auction houses. Moreover, instances of them being advertised on eBay are also very uncommon.
Collectors should take note that Rittenhouse is also a line of twentieth-century furniture produced by the American-based Henredon Company. In addition, a line of Mid-Century electric chime clocks were also branded under the same name. Collectors should always try to obtain as much information as possible to ensure they are not purchasing the wrong pieces.
Notable auction sales
On April 21st 2012, a log bed frame was sold on eBay for $400.
On May 15th 2010 at Antique Helper in Indianapolis, Indiana, a set of six rustic dining chairs realised a price of $325.
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