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Pair of Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs American Furniture of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Pasadena, TX
In 1906, American Furniture company was founded by two Martinsville tobacco men, Ancil Witten and Charles Keesee. Pair of chairs in walnut with new cushions upholstered in vintage ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Walnut

Mid-Century American of Martinsville Dresser
By American of Martinsville, American of Martinsville
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary 1960's mid-century dresser hand-crafted out of walnut wood completed restored by our professional craftsmen team. This fabulous piece features a new light grey & bro...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Brass

American of Martinsville Mid Century Blonde Nightstand
By American of Martinsville
Located in Countryside, IL
American of Martinsville mid century blonde nightstand Nightstand measures: 16.25 wide x 13 deep x 27.25 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored v...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Nightstands by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Century Modern nightstands by American of Martinsville.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Laminate, Walnut

American of Martinsville Mid Century Walnut Credenza
By American of Martinsville
Located in Baltimore, MD
A beautifully detailed proportioned walnut American of Martinsville credenza in great original condition. Designed by Merton Gershun for the “Dania” line featuring rectangular top ov...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville Credenza
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage modern credenza with walnut finish features stylish midcentury design and quality American of Martinsville construction. Perfect storage cabinet for office or home, ideal for...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Mahogany

Mid-Century American of Martinsville 1950s Rib Front Dresser
By American of Martinsville
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic vintage mid-century American of Martinsville dresser. Chic rib drawer fronts in the center row. Rests on a pierced apron brace. Matching nightstands also available. Acquire...
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Vintage 1950s North American American Classical Dressers

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville Walnut End Tables, a Pair
By American of Martinsville
Located in Germantown, MD
Two side tables from American of Martinsville one (rectangular) measures 21 inches tall by 22 inches wide by 27 inches deep. Second ( square) measures 21 inches high by 25 inches wid...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Nightstands by American of Martinsville, a Pair
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stylish pair of Mid-Century Modern nightstands manufactured by American of Martinsville. Well-built frame with walnut veneer exterior. A nice addition to any modern interior. Please ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Walnut

Mid-Century China Cabinet Hutch American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Baltimore, MD
Beautiful, rare, retro Mid-Century Modern detailed proportioned walnut American of Martinsville China cabinet hutch in great original condition. The hutch is one solid-piece, featuri...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Glass, Walnut

Mid Century Walnut Sideboard Credenza American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Baltimore, MD
Beautiful, retro Mid-Century Modern detailed proportioned walnut American of Martinsville credenza/sideboard, media console with drawers in good original condition. Features double c...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Walnut

American of Martinsville Mid Century Harlequin Walnut Mirror
By American of Martinsville
Located in Countryside, IL
American of Martinsville Mid Century Harlequin Walnut Mirror Mirror measures: 61 wide x 1 deep x 48 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage c...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Pier Mirrors and Console Mirrors

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Mirror, Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Nightstands by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage modern pair of walnut nightstands make a stylish retro addition to any bedroom. Perfect height for bedside storage, but two spacious drawers offer plenty of space for an...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Walnut

Unique Brass Cross Mid-Century Modern American Martinsville Nightstands
By American of Martinsville
Located in Las Vegas, NV
1960s Brass Cross Mid-Century Modern American Martinsville Nightstands Pair of stunning and unique Mid Century Modern walnut and brass cross accents nightstands by American Of Mar...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern High Dresser by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Nice Mid-Century Modern high dresser manufactured by American of Martinsville. Sturdily constructed with 5 spacious drawers for storage. Second drawer from the top is partitioned. Qu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Wood

American of Martinsville Mid-Century Modern Dresser or Bureau
By American of Martinsville
Located in Studio City, CA
A clean, beautifully designed Mid-Century Modern dresser with five pull-out drawers. In very nice, original vintage condition. Quite unique and rare. Would stand out in any room. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Walnut

American of Martinsville Mid Century Walnut and Burlwood Credenza
By American of Martinsville
Located in Countryside, IL
American of Martinsville mid century walnut and burlwood credenza This credenza measures: 68 wide x 19 deep x 31 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Walnut, Burl

Gorgeous MCM Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville Accord Highboy Dresser
By American of Martinsville
Located in Las Vegas, NV
American of Martinsville walnut highboy Mid-Century Modern dresser from their Accord collection. Super cool wicker doors at top of dresser with two drawers inside. Dresser has 3 d...
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Walnut

American of Martinsville Nightstands
By American of Martinsville
Located in Denton, TX
American of Martinsville nightstands made of ebonized wood with brass accents.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Brass

  • American of Martinsville Nightstands
  • American of Martinsville Nightstands
  • American of Martinsville Nightstands
  • American of Martinsville Nightstands
H 21 in. W 21.5 in. D 15.75 in.
Mid-Century Modern Highboy Dresser by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage modern highboy dresser features seven drawers ensuring plenty of room for storage. A unique design with a hidden top drawer, bottom drawers with louvered front...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Brass

Unique Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Set by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning Mid-Century bedroom set includes a nine-drawer dresser and six-drawer highboy. Gorgeous walnut wood grain, tapered legs and dove tail joints add to the allure of this piece....
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Sets

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Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Nightstands by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stylish pair of midcentury nightstands feature a sturdy walnut construction with a black laminate inlay on the table surface, two sliding drawers with dovetail jointing offer am...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Walnut, Laminate

Pair of American of Martinsville Lacquered Nightstands, Mid-Century Modern
By American of Martinsville
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome pair of American of Martinsville black lacquered nightstands with round white ceramic pulls. We love the interesting shape of these being tall and smaller at the top with a ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Wood

Large Mid-Century Modern Walnut Dresser by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stunning walnut woodgrain is paired with solid mid-century craftsmanship in this large vintage dresser. Nine drawers provide plenty of space for storage in a beautiful and timeless d...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Dresser by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique two-piece vintage dresser features a rich walnut finish, louvered front cabinet and unique brass trim. This well made Mid-Century American of Martinsville storage piece f...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Mid Century Modern American of Martinsville Travertine Top Night Tables
By American of Martinsville
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fantastic 2 drawer end tables or night stands by American of Martinsville with Travertine marble tops. Curved wave front design to drawers. Nickel sabots on the legs. In excellent vi...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Travertine, Nickel

American of Martinsville Mid-century Modern Telephone Stand with two drawers
By American of Martinsville
Located in Miami, FL
American of Martinsville Mid-century Modern Telephone Stand with two drawers Offered for sale is a sleek mid-century modern American of Martinsville telephone table with an ebonize...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Brass

Pair Mid Century Two Tier End Tables Nightstands American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Baltimore, MD
Striking pair of architectural Mid-Century Modern two-tier walnut nightstands or end tables by American of Martinsville, circa 1960's. “Dania” line, designed by Merton Gershun, is on...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Laminate, Walnut

Stylish Pair of American of Martinsville Walnut Nightstands Mid-Century Modern
By American of Martinsville
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Great looking pair of American of Martinsville walnut nightstands. These stylish nightstands have a great flip down door opening to reveal a nice open space with on small drawer. The...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Louvered Front Dresser by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This vintage walnut dresser features two stacking cabinets with a mix of shelf and drawer storage. Mid-Century manufacturer American of Martinsville crafted this stylish highboy dres...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Walnut

Mid-Century Campaign Style Vitrine Display Cabinet American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in West Hartford, CT
Rare and iconic signed mid century burl and glass vitrine from American of Martinsville. Made in the USA circa 1970's. Comes with custom glass shelves and fully electrified. Campaign...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vitrines

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Brass

Chic pair of Mid-Century Side Tables by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Two chic matching of vintage Mid-Century Modern end tables featuring louvered drawers and a bottom tier with a black laminate top. A sleek two-tier design made of walnut that sits on...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Laminate, Walnut

American of Martinsville Nightstand
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful walnut nightstand by American of Martinsville features the sturdy construction and fantastic wood grain the midcentury manufacturer is so well-known for. With tapered ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Walnut

  • American of Martinsville Nightstand
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  • American of Martinsville Nightstand
H 23 in. W 22 in. D 16.5 in.
Mid-Century Cart by Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rolling bar cart with two drawers and bottom liquor shelf. Laminate top used for liquids. Location: Brooklyn NY.
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts

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Walnut

  • Mid-Century Cart by Martinsville
  • Mid-Century Cart by Martinsville
  • Mid-Century Cart by Martinsville
  • Mid-Century Cart by Martinsville
H 31 in. W 38 in. D 19 in.
Handsome American of Martinsville Walnut Rosewood Credenza Mid-Century Modern
By American of Martinsville
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome American of Martinsville walnut and rosewood credenza. With simple clean lines this piece has rosewood pulls and a walnut case. Please check out the other matching pieces to...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Rosewood, Walnut

Mid Century American of Martinsville Highboy Dresser
By American of Martinsville, Merton Gershun
Located in Baltimore, MD
This exceedingly well-crafted American of Martinsville highboy dresser was designed by Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville, features the mid-century style and construction qu...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Walnut, Faux Leather

Mid Century Dresser Credenza American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville, Merton Gershun
Located in Baltimore, MD
This exceedingly well-crafted American of Martinsville dresser was designed by Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville, features the mid-century style and construction quality th...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

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Faux Leather, Walnut

Midcentury American of Martinsville Twin Headboards, a Pair
By American of Martinsville
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic vintage American Of Martinsville carved twin headboards. Fabulous block detail in a warm wood. A Midcentury gem. Acquired from a Miami estate.
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Mid-20th Century North American American Classical Beds and Bed Frames

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Wood

Pair of American of Martinsville Lacquered Bachelors Chests, Mid-Century
By American of Martinsville
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Excellent pair of American of Martinsville black lacquered bachelors chests. These chest have wonderful white formica tops that add great contrast to the black lacquered finish. Thes...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Ceramic, Formica, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs by American of Martinsville, Set of 6
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unusual set of midcentury dining chairs manufactured by the American Furniture Company of Martinsville, Virginia. This set includes four side chairs and two armchairs. Handsomely scu...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

American of Martinsville Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table with Tile Inlay
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This uniquely long mid century table features white tile inserts complimented by decorative brass star-shaped inlays. Quality walnut construction and a six leg configuration with str...
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

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Walnut

Handsome Pair of American of Martinsville, Mid-Century Modern End Tables
By American of Martinsville
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome pair of American of Martinsville walnut step end tables. Manufactured by American of Martinsville - in Martinsville, VA. Extremely well constructed and sturdy. Upper sectio...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Metal

Delightful American of Martinsville Burled Light Wood Bar Cart Mid-Century
By American of Martinsville
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Delightful burled light wood bar cart made by American of Martinsville. This stylish piece is on roller and scoots around quite nicely. We love this bar cart because not only is ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts

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Brass

American of Martinsville Mid-Century Modern Side or End Table with Drawer
By American of Martinsville
Located in New York, NY
American of Martinsville Mid-Century Modern side table or end table with drawer. The piece has some wear and nicks to the surface but is in overall good vintage condition.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Wood

American of Martinsville Mid Century Cane Back Walnut Dining Chairs, Set of 6
By American of Martinsville
Located in Countryside, IL
American of Martinsville mid century cane back walnut dining chairs - set of 6 These chairs measure: 18 wide x 17.5 deep x 34 inches high, with a seat height of 18 and arm height ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

American of Martinsville Mid Century Drop Leaf Dining Table with Metal Accents
By American of Martinsville
Located in Countryside, IL
American of Martinsville Mid Century Drop Leaf Dining Table with Metal Accented Legs Table without leaves measures: 26 wide x 40 deep x 30 high Table with two leaves measures : ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Metal

American of Martinsville Jewelry Box
By American of Martinsville
Located in San Mateo, CA
Dresser top jewelry box by American of Martinsville. This box has two small drawers over one large drawer. The box sits on hourglass shaped feet. The box is original finish. The felt...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Jewelry Boxes

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Metal

  • American of Martinsville Jewelry Box
  • American of Martinsville Jewelry Box
  • American of Martinsville Jewelry Box
  • American of Martinsville Jewelry Box
H 7.5 in. W 19.5 in. D 10.25 in.
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Walnut & Oak Nightstands by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful set of wood nightstands by American of Martinsville. These nightstands feature rich walnut wood with blonde oak trim. Concealed within the beautiful carved doors each night...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

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Oak, Walnut

American of Martinsville Secretary Dresser
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville drop down secretary dresser with louvered front drawers. Please confirm item location (NJ or NY).
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Secretaires

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Walnut

Walnut Sideboard by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Dorchester, MA
From the Accord collection by American of Martinsville, this sideboard features a walnut case on a plinth base with signature inset aluminum Xs on the top corners. It comprises three...
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Vintage 1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Aluminum

American of Martinsville Jewelry Cabinet
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Originally designed in the 1950s by American of Martinsville as the smaller 'chest-on-chest' component to sit atop the corresponding sideboard, this piece can be used to hold smaller...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Jewelry Boxes

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Aluminum

  • American of Martinsville Jewelry Cabinet
  • American of Martinsville Jewelry Cabinet
  • American of Martinsville Jewelry Cabinet
  • American of Martinsville Jewelry Cabinet
H 7.5 in. W 20 in. D 11 in.
Pair of American of Martinsville Nightstands
By American of Martinsville
Located in New York, NY
Pair of American of Martinsville nightstands. The nightstands are bleached mahogany with two pull out drawers. Triangular legs, reeded drawer fronts are accentuated by small holes fo...
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Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Wood

American of Martinsville Mid-Century High Chest with Bras Inlay, circa 1960
By American of Martinsville
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An American of Martinsville Mid-Century walnut high chest with bras inlay, circa 1960.   
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Pair of American of Martinsville Nightstands
By American of Martinsville
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Asian style two-drawer bedside tables by American of Martinsville. In bleached mahogany with brass pulls and sculpted ebonized bases with brass capped legs...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Wood

Albert Parvin for American of Martinsville Mid Century Nightstand
By American of Martinsville
Located in Countryside, IL
Albert Parvin for American of Martinsville mid century nightstand This nightstand measures: 21 wide x 16 deep x 22.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we c...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Brass

1960s American of Martinsville Walnut Sideboard
By American of Martinsville
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1960s American of Martinsville dining room sideboard. The sideboard is made of both walnut and mahogany wood. It has two drawers and open storage. The pulls are a round black...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Buffets

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Mahogany, Walnut

American of Martinsville Mid-Century Modern Mahogany China Cabinet
By Merton Gershun, American of Martinsville
Located in Garnerville, NY
American of Martinsville Mid-Century Modern bleached mahogany china/hutch cabinet. Featuring sliding caned doors and four door deep storage. Tapered legs ending in brass finished sab...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Cane, Mahogany

Vintage Walnut Headboard by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Sized for a full-sized bed, this vintage headboard by American of Martinsville combines an impressive design with rich walnut woodgrain for a timeless Mid-Century Modern look. Please...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames

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Walnut

American of Martinsville Sculpted Walnut Night Stands
By American of Martinsville
Located in Los Angeles, CA
American of Martinsville sculpted walnut night stands.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

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Wood, Walnut

Midcentury American of Martinsville Dresser and Nightstands
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful matching set of two-drawer nightstands with a long nine drawer dresser by American of Martinsville. Providing plenty of storage, these well-designed cabinets feature sturdy...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Bedroom Sets

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Walnut

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American Martinsville Furniture Mid Century For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the American martinsville furniture mid century you’re looking for at 1stDibs. An American martinsville furniture mid century — often made from wood, walnut and metal — can elevate any home. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect American martinsville furniture mid century — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century are available. An American martinsville furniture mid century is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern and Hollywood Regency styles are sought with frequency. You’ll likely find more than one American martinsville furniture mid century that is appealing in its simplicity, but American of Martinsville, Merton Gershun and Bassett Furniture produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is an American Martinsville Furniture Mid Century?

Prices for an American martinsville furniture mid century start at $200 and top out at $39,500 with the average selling for $2,025.

American of Martinsville Biography and Important Works

American of Martinsville is today revered as one of the finest manufacturers of mid-century modern furniture in the United States, but its beginnings were unexpectedly humble.

Well ahead of the Civil War, tobacco was a cash crop in places such as Virginia, and the plant was grown with frequency on farms in Martinsville and elsewhere. In the early 1900s, the business around tobacco was changing and the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company was expanding nationally, buying any Virginia factories in reach. Former tobacco producers Ancil Witten and Charles Keesee turned away from the business in 1906 and, with merely $30,000 in capital (and the support of local business leaders), began to manufacture bedroom furniture under the name American Furniture Company.

In the 1920s, American Furniture Company expanded its offerings from bedroom furnishings. Alongside tallboy dressers and nightstands, Witten and Keesee’s outfit began to offer a range of dining-room sets to the discerning customer. By the 1950s, the name had been changed to American of Martinsville and the brand had gained a reputation for exquisite craftsmanship as well as its variety of furniture styles (Hollywood Regency, chinoiserie). Mass-marketed furniture meant big business in the postwar years and throughout the 20th century in Virginia, and factories owned by companies like Bassett Furniture and American of Martinsville remained busy as suburbanites bought furniture to fill the homes they were moving into.

It isn’t difficult to spot American of Martinsville’s sturdy, solid designs — the lacquered walnut nightstands, mahogany coffee tables and more have long earned the admiration of mid-century modernism enthusiasts. The company’s high profile also owes to prominent attributes that distinguish its well-made vintage furniture, such as the use of wooden slats — inspired by Scandinavian modernism — on hutches and cabinet doors, the famous brass x’s inlaid on the tops of tables and dressers and the stately stacked type of the American of Martinsville logo, which usually appears in drawer interiors. The stamp prominently features an eagle perched atop the lettering, its broad wings spread across the “American” portion.

Besides quality manufacturing, American of Martinsville is additionally recognized for having incorporated the trends of the day. Inspired by designers like George Nakashima and Paul Laszlo, the brand was also known for innovations with wood. Merton Gershun was one of the company’s most prolific designers, and he was responsible for some of its most successful modern furniture lines using the richer, darker woods that would become emblematic of mid-century furniture. Gershun’s most popular line was reportedly Dania, with its sleek walnut credenzas fitted with stylish brass accents and large drawers. Today, American of Martinsville specializes in furniture for the healthcare and hospitality industries.

Shop a wide selection of vintage American of Martinsville mid-century modern sideboards, side tables and more on 1stDibs.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.