Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc.
Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc. dating back to the 1990's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of the company Chairman of the Board and Secretary, was printed by the American Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h).
This certificate features a pair of vignettes - the exterior of an Ethan Allen store on the left, and a couple and worker looking at fabrics on the right.
Ethan Allen was started as a housewares manufacturer in 1932, then bought a bankrupt furniture factory in Beecher Falls, Vermont, in 1936. The firm adopted the name "Ethan Allen" for its early-American furniture introduced in 1939, after the Vermont Revolutionary leader Ethan Allen.
In 1972, Ethan Allen moved its headquarters from New York City to Danbury, Connecticut. The Ethan Allen International Headquarters Complex includes the Ethan Allen Hotel, corporate headquarters offices, and an interior design center.
The firm was sold in 1980 to Interco for $150 million. The company was sold again in 1989 to a management group headed by current Chairman, President, and CEO Farooq Kathwari. In 1993, the company went public to help raise $156.9 million through the sale of common stock.