These antiques bear the York, Pa.-made Pennsylvania Furniture Co. label

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Pennsylvania Furniture Co.’s Sumner Street factory in York, actually West York, was erected in the early 1900s and became the home for long-lasting bedroom and dining room suites. Background posts: Red Lion’s Ebert Furniture: From bedroom suites to gunstocks and York-area woodcarver, furniture maker made life-size JFK statue. But where is it now? and Springetts collector attracts ‘Antiques Roadshow’s’ Kenos and Of York antiquarian Joe Kindig III: ‘He is generous with his knowledge’.

E-mailer David Degroot is looking for a few good facts about York, Pa.’s venerable Pennsylvania Furniture Co.
“My wife and I bought an antique bedroom set,” he wrote. “One of the pieces has a small sticker on the back indicating that the furniture was manufactured by the Pennsylvania Furniture Co. in York, PA. My guess is that furniture was manufactured in the early 1900s.”
Furniture-making was a big business in York County in those days, and Pennsylvania Furniture was one of the most successful. The county was home to plentiful hardwood trees, and its location on transportation routes spawned wagonmakers, riflemakers and manufacturers of other hand-made wood products.
The York County Heritage Trust’s file on Pennsylvania Furniture contains several documents. (One bore the photo above.)
Here are some salient facts gleaned from those documents:


– Adam Jacoby started the company, operating as Adam Jacoby & Brother in 1894 at the corner of North George Street and Hamilton Avenue in York.
– It changed names and charter in 1903, and operated as the Jacoby Furniture Company, makers of “Plain and Quartered Oak Sideboard, Plain and Quartered Oak, Bird’s-eye Maple, Mahogany and Curly Birch, Odd Dressers, Chiffoniers and Wash Stands.”
– The company operated out of a four-story building the length of a football field in size and covering more than 100,000 square feet. It became Pennsylvania Furniture Co. in 1910, which probably means that the Degroot furniture was made after that date.
– The company adapted its lines to World War II production, as did many York County companies. Georg Sheets wrote in his “Made in York”: “The employees of the Pennsylvania Furniture Co., makers of bedroom and dining room suites, also went to work for American defense. These people made gun stocks, desks, filing cabinets, chests, and various other items needed by the U.S. government.”
– Running speed for employment in 1940s was about 120. Twenty-three employees served in World War II. By the end of the war, William H. Bodden had served as general manager for about a decade.
– The company closed in 1961. Today, most of the building is empty, a sign advertises the availability of space. The company’s name lettered in the picture above, is barely discernible. But the building still houses a tenant selling home furnishings. Wink’s Warehouse advertises kitchens, granite and flooring among its offerings.
The company must have made durable, still-desirable furniture. The York County Heritage Trust file has about a half dozen requests from folks like the Degroots querying about their prized furniture bearing the Pennsylvania Furniture Co. label.
If anyone out there has additional information on the company, please comment below.

About Jim McClure

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14 Responses to These antiques bear the York, Pa.-made Pennsylvania Furniture Co. label

  1. Jane Blevins says:

    I have a burl wood dresser and chair with a small stamp from pennsylvania furniture, York, Pennsylvania on the back. I can tell from the back that it once had a mirror, but I use it as a small desk.
    While watching an old movie from cira 1920’s or early 1930’s I saw a dresser like the one I have.
    Can you tell me anything about my piece of furniture as it is one of my favorite pieces.
    Thank you for your assistance.

  2. Nadine Ryan says:

    We have a high boy dresser and a dresser with mirror with a label on the back of them: Pennsylvania Furniture Co. The pieces seem to be old with decorative floral paintings on both. The painting seems to be hand done. There is decorative wood scroll work going down the sides and decorative scroll cut-out wood pieces on the front bottom of them. Is there any way to date the specific Pennsylvania Co. pieces?

  3. Jim McClure says:

    Nadine, I have not found any such information in York County Heritage Trust files. Still, you might query Lila Fourhman-Shaull at the York County Heritage Trust, lfourhman-shaull@yorkheritage.org. Or Historic York Inc.: http://www.historicyork.org/. Make sure you search this blog because there are other posts up on Pennsylvania Furniture.
    Jim McClure

  4. Jim McClure says:

    Jane, I have not found any such catalogue info in York County Heritage Trust files. Still, you might query Lila Fourhman-Shaull at the York County Heritage Trust, lfourhman-shaull@yorkheritage.org. Or Historic York Inc.: http://www.historicyork.org/. Make sure you search this blog because there are other posts up on Pennsylvania Furniture.
    Jim McClure

  5. Nancy Lorman says:

    could you tell me something about lot #598
    style #609 there were only 25 made according to the tag on the back.i’m not sure of the year as its been in the family for a long time.
    thanks,Nancy

  6. Jim McClure says:

    Nancy, contact Lila Fourhman-Shaull, lfourhman-shaull@yorkheritage.org, at the York County Heritage Trust. That would be the place to start. Also, google Pa. Furniture etc. and you’ll find a Web site devoted to people like yourself who are looking for info on that brand.
    Jim McClure

  7. Bill says:

    I have a double bed, very nice head and footboard. Has the Pennsylvania Furniture Co label. How can you find out what year it was made and if it has any value other than a great looking piece of wood?

  8. The company’s name lettered in the picture above, is barely discernible. But the building still houses a tenant selling home furnishings. Wink’s Warehouse advertises kitchens, granite and flooring among its offerings.

  9. John Beckroge says:

    I have a double dresser with a tag on the back it has, A 21281, factory 264, style 330, finish Wheat and has original mirror. I also have the matching double bed with head and footboard. Im looking for information as to the value of the set and possible to sell.Thanks..

  10. Norva Warner says:

    I bought a wardrobe with a Jacoby Furniture Compnay label on the back.
    I became interested in the company since my husband’s gr grandfather was a Jacoby from Philadelphia and my husband’s middle name is Jacoby.
    The furniture is quite nice and usable–walnut.

  11. William Moreland says:

    I am considering purchashing 2 pieces of Pennsylvania Furniture Company from a thrift store. The one piece is a vanity Lot #1375, Style 062 and a Chifforette with a top piece Lot#1318, Style 062. The two pieces are in fair to good condition. Any idea of value? Highest to lowest? Thank you in advance for any advice.

  12. Beth Spinks says:

    Have had this bedroom set for probably 25 years & just found a label w/Pennsylvania Furniture Co. York, Pa label & google brought me here. Not sure if it’s birds eye maple or curly birch as mentioned above. Has full size sleigh bed, large dresser w/original beveled glass mirror & a vanity w/tri-fold mirror also w/original beveled glass mirror.
    Can you tell me anything about it’s history, etc.?

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