Frank S. Harden Furniture Company

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2015-06-26 10:58:35

The Frank S. Harden Furniture Company is an American furniture manufacturer and was established in 1864 in Verona, New York.

Brief history & description

The company originally formed as a bridge construction company in the mid-nineteenth century. However, as the company’s productivity ceased each winter, Frank S. Harden began to manufacture dining chairs as a means to continue making money and to keep production running throughout the year.

These early chair designs were very popular and the Frank S. Harden Furniture Company was born. The company soon began to manufacture other varieties of chairs, such as parlour chairs, rockers and upholstered pieces and became one of the prominent Arts and Crafts Movement furniture makers in America.

The company changed its name to the Harden Furniture Company and still operates as a family owned business.

Guide to collectors

Furniture produced by the Frank S. Harden Furniture Company rarely features at live auctions and, at present, there has only been one confirmed realised sale advertised on the internet. In addition, items produced by the Frank S. Harden Furniture Company are equally as elusive on online bidding sites, such as eBay.

Collectors should be aware that items that are in good condition and are of higher quality are generally more valuable than items that are in need of restoration. However, should a Frank S. Harden Furniture Company piece need restoring, then collectors are urged to contact professional restorers.

There are a limited number of sources for collectors regarding antique examples of Frank S. Harden Furniture Company. However, for more information on the company’s history and their contemporary models, please visit Hardenfurniture.com.

Value

On June 30th 2006, at St. Charles Gallery Inc., in New Orleans, a suite of eight Queen Anne American Colonial Revival cherry wood dining chairs, made by the Frank S. Harden Furniture Company, realised a price of $800

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