Grand Ledge Chair Co Furniture
The Grand Ledge Chair Company was an American furniture manufacturer from 1883 to 1982.
Brief history & description
Established in Grand Ledge, Michigan, the company was started by three carpenters who specialised in chairs; Thomas Garrett, Edward Crawford and Harry Jordon. The company produced various styles of furniture, including spindle-chairs and armchairs, which were representative of the Arts and Crafts Movement that flourished during this period.
In 1890, the company relocated to Grand Rapids and opened a new company, the Michigan Chair Company. The Grand Ledge Chair Company continued to produce furniture until 1982 when they ceased trading due to poor sales and foreign competition.
Guide to collectors
Examples of the Grand Ledge Chair Company at auction houses are relatively uncommon; however, collectors can expect to pay in the region of $250 for an individual item. The lowest price paid for a Grand Ledge Chair Company item is $55. Additionally, online bidding sites, such as eBay, occasionally advertise Grand Ledge Chair Company pieces. For example, on January 8th 2012, a rocking chair was sold on eBay for $139.99 and a set of four music chairs realised a price of $152.50 on eBay on January 6th 2012.
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 Grand Ledge Chair Company piece need restoring, then collectors are urged to contact professional restorers.
In May 2011, a green painted and gilded arm chair made by the Grand Ledge Chair Company realised a price of $100 Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers, Houston.
In March 2008, at Flomaton Antique Auction in Flomaton, Alabama, am early-twentieth century Colonial revival music stool made by the Grand Ledge Chair Company realised a price of $225.
In April 2011, a spindle back chair with a carved crest and high braced back, made by the Grand ledge Chair Company, was sold through Specialists of the South Inc. in Panama City, Florida, for $55.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)