Antique Bernhardt furniture
Antique Bernhardt furniture is furniture manufactured by the Bernhardt Furniture Company.
Background and Description
The Bernhardt Furniture Company was founded by John Mathias Bernhardt. An entrepreneur, while working for the Caldwell Land & Lumber Company, he convinced his bosses to build the first railroad to the slopes of Grandfather and Grandmother mountains to more easily harvest and transport the area’s timber.
After opening a sawmill, in 1889 Bernhardt founded a company to manufacture furniture out of native white oak. He became known as far as Chicago and New York as a furniture manufacturer with integrity, and supplied sturdy oak furniture across America.
At the turn of the century, Bernhardt expanded from dining room furniture to include bedroom items, and later, living room furniture. They survived the Great Depression, and went on to continue manufacturing furniture to the present day.
Much of the antique furniture is beautifully and elaborately carved in a distinctive style.
Collecting antique Bernhardt furniture
The definition of antique is generally taken to mean over 100 years old. Therefore collectors of antique Bernhardt furniture will generally collect items manufactured at least before World War I if not earlier.
Most pieces of Bernhardt furniture to come to market are from the 1920s and 1930s however, so it can be difficult to find the truly antique pieces.
Antique Bernhardt furniture can be found on eBay, at estate and house clearance sales, and in antique stores.
The most valuable antique Bernhardt items are sets of furniture, dining room sets for example, including tables, chairs, and buffets.
Items of Bernhardt furniture can sell for up to $1,000 on auction websites such as eBay. Sets have sold for as much as $3,500 at auction, however.