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Hickory Furniture

From the early decades of the twentieth century, our romance with hickory furniture has been perpetuated by our visits to national parks and grand old inns-Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park; Grand Canyon Lodge; Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina, for instance. Here we relax on hickory settees in spacious great rooms, rock in hickory chairs on porches, and eat in restaurants filled with hickory dining sets.

In Hickory Furniture, rustic furniture and design expert Ralph Kylloe explores the foundations of the hickory furniture industry in Indiana. Concise histories of the major companies, including Old Hickory Chair Company, Rustic Hickory Furniture Company, Indiana Hickory, Columbus Hickory and others describe how manufacturing flourished in response to popular demand.

Although factory-made, hickory furniture is great folk art. It is honest, beautiful, functional, and built to last for ages. More than 100 photographs of unique pieces of hickory furniture showcase the finest examples of historic pieces and contemporary finds. With the growing interest in regional rustic furnishings, rustic art, and the natural rustic lifestyle, Kylloe has captured the significance of rustic furniture as an art form and the contribution that rustic artists make to the artisan community.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586858094
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Kylloe received his EdD from Boston University and has taught at the university level for many years. He is a leading authority on rustic furniture and owner of the aplh Kylloe Gallery at Lake George in New York's Adirondack Mountains. His previous books include Fishing Camps, Rustic Architecture and Design, and Cabins & Camps.

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All states have historical archives relating to the establishment of corporations within their state. Indiana has records for several of the other hickory furniture firms but, unfortunately, the early records of the Old Hickory Chair Company, the largest and most prolific hickory company to have existed, were destroyed by 1960, when records were being transferred to microfilm. Fortunately, the Morgan County Recorder of Deeds has maintained some files that shed light on the Old Hickory Chair Company.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Hickory Manufacturers 36

Old Hickory Chair Company 37

Rustic Hickory Furniture Company 60

J. & S. Hickory Manufacturing Company 66

Indiana Hickory Furniture Company 67

Columbus Hickory Chair Company 68

Jasper Hickory Furniture Company 71

Hoosier Hickory Furniture Company 73

Indiana State Farm Industries 74

Shircliff Industries, Inc. 75

Indiana Willow Products Company, Inc. 76

The Legacy 86

Hickory Furniture Gallery 88

Identifying and Dating Hickory Furniture 137

Bibliography 141

Sources for Rustic Furnishings 144

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