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Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Kent Manufacturing bedroom suite


QUESTION: Can you tell me if this bedroom suite came painted originally from the factory and a ballpark value?

ANSWER: there was a time around 1900 that these cottage pieces were hand painted with various decorations.  many companies employed from a few to hundreds of painters to do this type work.  If in good condition the bed would sell retial at 650 and the washstand 450-550.

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curious to see the drawer joints so if you would please use the followup function and post a picture of the outside of the drawer side here the side meets the front i would appreciate it.

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QUESTION: attached are two more pictures. This set has the bed, wash stand, dresser, side table, 2 chairs and a rocker. There is a paper tag on the bed - Kent Furniture Manufacturing, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Added comment by Robert after feedback comments:

Tim, I see in your feedback comment where you said, "I was hoping for a more definitive answer about the manufacturer not a generalization of all".  I find nothing referencing that you were interested about the manufacturer, only that you stated the name of the manufacturer. What you asked is if it was originally painted from the manufacturer and the value.  Both of your questions were answered.  For future reference I would urge you to ask what you want to know.  Respectively, we are not able to answer what you do not ask.  Had you asked about the manufacturer I would have first asked for a picture of the label, then researched to find information about the company.  There will be many "Kent Manufacturing" hits so having a picture of the label will narrow the search.  Remember, there were about 5000 furniture manufacturers in operation at the time.  


As I thought!  The Knapp joint or often called scalloped and pegged.  used from late 1870s-1900.

The pegs you see are actually part of the drawer front, not drilled and inserted.

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