While all but gone today, Jamestown's furniture industry was once the second-largest producer of furniture in the United States. Manufacturing boomed from 1816, when William Breed and Royal Keyes opened their shops, to the 1920s, when Jamestown was still one of the top wood furniture producers in the country. In the nineteenth century, the thriving railroad industry allowed Jamestown's quality creations to be distributed nationwide. After the Civil War, an influx of Swedish immigrants brought their craftsmanship and skills to Jamestown, forming Morgan Manufacturing, Empire Furniture Company and many others. Then, their pieces were valued for quality and durability; today, they're coveted by collectors as beautiful antiques. Local expert Clarence Carlson uncovers the fascinating story of Jamestown furniture.
|Publisher:||The History Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Clarence Carlson is on the board of directors and is a docent for Fenton History Center. He is also a member of the Historical Marker Committee and a tour guide for Jamestown City Industrial Area Tours. He has done furniture history presentations for many groups, including a six part series for a public access radio station for the Chautauqua County Arts Council.
Table of Contents
1 The Beginning, Breed and Keyes Shops: 1816 17
2 Chair Manufacturing: 1827 29
3 The Growth of New Factories Influenced by the Railroad Connection: 1860 39
4 The Swedish Entrepreneurs Arrive: 1869 43
5 Jamestown, the Second-Largest Producer of Wood Furniture in the United States: 1900 111
Timeline of Furniture Shops, 1816-1930s 171
About the Author 189