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Level Furniture Company

$6.00

SKU: 5492
Product Details

Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from the Level Furniture Company dating back to the early 1900's. This document was printed by Broun-Green and measures approximately 11" (w) by 8 1/4" (h).

 

The certificate's detailed vignette features a female allegorical figure flanked by a pair of cherubs. Also pictured are a shield, some grains, a cornucopia overflowing with coins, a trolley and a paddlewheeler.

The images presented are representative of the piece(s) you will receive. When representative images are presented for one of our offerings, you will receive a certificate in similar condition as the one pictured; however dating, denomination, certificate number and issuance details may vary.

    Historical Context

    The Level Furniture Company was founded in Jamestown, New York by Swedish immigrants in 1905. At first the company employed only twenty-five men and made a cheap grade of bedroom and parlor furniture. By 1920, however, the company employed 275 men and produced better grades of furniture.

    The company also manufactured phonograph cabinets, mainly for the Edison Phonograph Machine Company.

    The company failed in 1929.

    The Jamestown area was the home to many a furniture maker in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Western New York was heavily forested, with as much as 100,000 board feet of timber per acre in upland areas like Chautauqua County. It was rich in white pine, hemlock and such valuable northern hardwoods as maple, oak, beech, birch, chestnut, walnut, sycamore and cherry, making it the perfect locale to manufacture furniture.

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