Drexel Furniture

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2015-06-26 10:55:11

Drexel furniture is affordable furniture made by the Drexel/Drexel Heritage furniture company.

Background

The first item of Drexel furniture ever to go to market was a bed, bureau and washstand suite, which was made from American oak and retailed at $14.50 wholesale.

During the 1930s, Drexel employed a team of designers. The resulting line was inspired by French and English designs and called Touraine. This bedroom and dining room line remained successful for a number of decades and is still sought after by collectors today.

Drexel swiftly established themselves as a quintessential American furniture brand.

During WWII, Drexel produced 50,000 government desks and 4,000 bedroom suites for government housing at Oak Ridge Tennessee. Drexel also produced a desk for General Douglas MacArthur around this time.

During the fifties and sixties, Drexel continued introducing new furniture lines, including Declaration (made from walnut), which was sent to the Brussels World’s Fair; and an Italian design inspired collection; later branching out into children’s furniture.

Collecting information

Drexel have produced many different ranges over the decades, yet their first, Touraine, remains particularly popular.

Drexel furniture can be professionally restored.

Drexel furniture is stamped with the word "Drexel".

Any damage should be reflected in the price quoted.

Price guide

A Drexel Heritage "Grand Tour" armoire brought $60 at Phoebus Auction Gallery in January 2013.

A Drexel breakfront sold for $120 at Damn Yankees Auction in January 2013.

A Drexel Heritage console sold for $75 at Martin Auction Co. in January 2013.

A Drexel Heritage Lillian August Collection sofa brought $350 in January 2013.

A Drexel full bonnet top Queen Anne Highboy brought $500 to Premier Auction Galleries in December 2012.

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