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Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Cabinet
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward Wormley two-door cabinet in ebonized silver elm with brass hardware, circa 1948. The one shown has recently sold, but have another with slightly different hardware available, ...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Nightstands or Small Chests
By Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of silver elm nightstands in dark brown finish with brass hardware. Designed by Edward Wormley for the Precedent collection by Drexel, designed while he worked for Dunbar. Hardw...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Black Lacquered Bachelor Chest, Refinished
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern five-drawer dresser chest By Edward Wormley for Drexel "Precedent" Collection USA, 1948 Black lacquered elm wood, with original brass drawer pull...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Brass

Lovely Pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Nightstand Mid-Century Modern
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel precedent end tables or nightstands. These pieces are in vintage condition and do show wear to the finish-we recommend refinishing or lacquer...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Black Lacquered Bachelor Chests, Refinished
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern five-drawer bachelor chests or large bedside chests By Edward Wormley for Drexel "Precedent" Collection USA, 1948 Black lacquered e...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Black Lacquered Bachelor Chests, Refinished
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern five-drawer bachelor chests or large bedside chests By Edward Wormley for Drexel "Precedent" Collection USA, 1940s Black lacquered ...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Magazine End Tables
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection magazine tables or end tables with four pull-out shelves below an open shelf. Dark brown finish on silver elm, to be refinished prior t...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Elm

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Elm Wood Sideboard or Bar Cabinet, 1950s
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern elm wood sideboard server, credenza, or bar cabinet By Edward Wormley for Drexel "Precedent" Collection USA, 1950s Measures: 48"W x 19...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

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Elm

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Mid Century Brass and Elm Credenza
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in Countryside, IL
Edward Wormley for Drexel precedent mid century brass and elm credenza Credenza measures: 66.75 wide x 20 deep x 32.75 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

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Brass

Edward Wormley Drexel Precedent Nightstand
By Edward Wormley
Located in Pasadena, TX
Precedent four drawer nightstand. Beautiful in design and material, the Precedent series was designed by Edward Wormley in 1947. Nightstand features wood construction, four pull-o...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Bronze

  • Edward Wormley Drexel Precedent Nightstand
  • Edward Wormley Drexel Precedent Nightstand
  • Edward Wormley Drexel Precedent Nightstand
  • Edward Wormley Drexel Precedent Nightstand
H 28.75 in. W 17.5 in. D 20 in.
Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Sideboard
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Wormley for Drexel, his Precedent collection sideboard-buffet, originally designed in the late 1940s. Center drawers with end cabinet doors and interior shelves. P...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards

Materials

Elm

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Coffee Table
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An early, modernist Edward Wormley for Drexel coffee table in a trapezoid shape made for the Precedent Collection.  
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Rolling Bar Cart
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pistachio green rolling bar cart from the Precedent series by Edward Wormley for Dunbar circa 1960. 3 tiered rolling cart featuring a textured glass top and casters. Precedent ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts

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Wood

Pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent End Tables
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Buffalo, NY
Refined simplicity designed by Edward Wormley for Drexel. The end tables are part of the Precedent collection that he produced in the 1950s. Professionally restored, stunning off whi...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Materials

Brass

Pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Nightstands
By Edward Wormley
Located in Denton, TX
Great pair of precedent nightstands finished in a medium walnut with solid brass drawer pulls.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Rolling Bar Cart
By Edward Wormley
Located in Pasadena, TX
A beautiful rolling bar cart as part of Edward Wormley's Precedent series. Blonde wood, 3 tiered rolling cart with glass shelf and casters. The top features a frosted glass ins...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts

Materials

Wood

1940s Drexel Precedent End Table Edward Wormley Geometric Angular Retro Art Deco
By Edward Wormley
Located in Hyattsville, MD
A hard to find survivor from a bygone Era, with a subtle modernist presence, and extremely angular lines. Cleaned and presented in As-Found condition, unrestored.  
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Materials

Leather, Elm

Edward Wormley for Precedent by Drexel Coffee Table
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in Pasadena, TX
Vintage 2 tier Coffee Table designed by Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent line 271 1949 Heavy solid with textured glass serving tray on top that can be separated.
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Tray Tables

Materials

Glass, Wood

Edward Wormley Precedent Collection for Drexel Bar Cart Server in Dark Espresso
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent collection bar cart or server. Refinished in dark espresso on silver elm with textured glass top and tapered legs on casters.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Carts and Bar Carts

Materials

Elm, Glass

Small Precedent Dresser by Edward Wormley for Drexel
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dorchester, MA
Edward Wormley designed this small four-drawer dresser for Drexel's Precedent Collection. Composed of silver elm, it features large brass-plated zinc pulls.
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Drop-Leaf Precedent Dining Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in Pasadena, TX
A Mid-Century Modern dining table designed by Edward Wormley for Drexel's Precedent collection. The drop leaf table measures 50" x 28" when folded and 70" x 50" when fully extended.
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Vintage 1950s Dining Room Tables

Materials

Ash

Small Precedent Cabinet by Drexel
By Drexel
Located in Dorchester, MA
From the precedent line of North Carolina–based Drexel furniture, this small cabinet features two deep tray-style shelves that slide out for easy access. The exterior of the bleached...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

  • Small Precedent Cabinet by Drexel
  • Small Precedent Cabinet by Drexel
  • Small Precedent Cabinet by Drexel
  • Small Precedent Cabinet by Drexel
H 32.5 in. W 38 in. D 19 in.
Vintage Midcentury Precedent Drexel Wormley Credenza
By Edward Wormley
Located in Pasadena, TX
Multipurpose credenza by Edward Wormley for Drexel. Painted in white lacquer with brass hardware. Six drawers with two side cabinets, three shelves each. Wood composition, white ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley Precedent Line Coffee Table for Drexel
By Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
An early, modernist Wormley form for Drexel. This vintage item should go to a refinisher. Edward Wormley executed designs for both Dunbar and Drexel.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Wood

Pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel Arm Chairs - Precedent Collection
By Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel dining arm chairs for his Precedent Collection circa 1950s, can be used as occasional chairs. Silver Elm refinished in a dark espresso with new tan...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Elm

Four Edward Wormley Precedent by Drexel Dining Chairs 239-4 8 Available
By Edward Wormley
Located in Pasadena, TX
Edward Wormley designed for Precedent Side Chairs series 239-4 in 1947, neoclassical area. Set of 4 dining chairs, solid wood construction, natural finish. 8 available
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Vintage 1940s American Neoclassical Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Edward Wormley Drexel Precedent Dresser
By Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Circa 1940s From Drexel's Precedent Collection, Edward Wormley drawer caramel glazed silver elm dresser with aged brass over zinc pulls. Companion petite dressers and desk also avai...
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Vintage 1940s American Dressers

Drexel "Precedent" Easy Lounge Chairs by Edward J. Wormley
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage lounge chairs designed by Edward J. Wormley for Drexel's "Precedent" line.
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

Materials

Oak

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Enrtyway Console Table
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Berkeley, CA
Midcentury single drawer entryway console table in beech with brass stretcher designed by Edward Wormley for the Drexel Precedent Collection, circa 1947. Newly restored with the colo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Mid-Century Modern Nightstands, Refinished
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern elmwood nightstands or side tables By Edward Wormley for Drexel "Precedent" Collection USA, circa 1950 Measures: 28" W x 22" D x 25...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Elm

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Black Lacquered Bedside Chests, Refinished
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern four-drawer nightstands By Edward Wormley for Drexel "Precedent" Collection USA, circa 1950 Black lacquered elm wood, with original...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Black Lacquered Highboy Dressers, Pair
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern seven-drawer black lacquered highboy dressers By Edward Wormley for Drexel "Precedent" Collection USA, 1940s Black lacquered elm, w...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Brass

Pair of Vintage Chests by Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Line
By Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of vintage chests by Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Line.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection 10-Drawer Dresser
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern dresser designed by Edward Wormley for his Drexel Precedent collection. Ten drawer dresser in original finish, beautiful Silver Elm veneer, dresser will be touched...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Elm

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Black Lacquered Highboy Dresser, Refinished
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern seven-drawer black lacquered highboy dresser By Edward Wormley for Drexel "Precedent" Collection USA, 1940s Black lacquered elm, with origi...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Brass

Drexel 'Precedent' Dresser
By Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Modernist dresser designed by Edward Wormley for Drexel. Elmwood construction with brass pulls.
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Brass

  • Drexel 'Precedent' Dresser
  • Drexel 'Precedent' Dresser
  • Drexel 'Precedent' Dresser
  • Drexel 'Precedent' Dresser
H 32 in. W 32.25 in. D 19 in.
Pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Side Tables with Tile Tops
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in Peabody, MA
A pair of side tables designed by Edward Wormley in 1947 for Drexel’s Precedent line. They feature tops of abstract drip glaze tile by Simigres of Italy, ca. 1960s. They have been up...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Ceramic, Wood

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Drop-Leaf Desk
By Edward Wormley
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent collection drop-leaf desk in silver elm. Completely redone and ready to go! Fold up leaf adds additional work surface. Brass polished handles add ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Elm

Drexel 'Precedent' Highboy Dresser
By Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Highboy dresser designed by Edward Wormley for Drexel. Elmwood construction with brass pulls.
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Brass

  • Drexel 'Precedent' Highboy Dresser
  • Drexel 'Precedent' Highboy Dresser
  • Drexel 'Precedent' Highboy Dresser
  • Drexel 'Precedent' Highboy Dresser
H 43 in. W 32.25 in. D 19 in.
Drexel 'Precedent' Expanding Dining Table
By Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Expanding dining table designed by Edward Wormley for Drexel. Elmwood construction with 3 additional leaves.
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Elm

  • Drexel 'Precedent' Expanding Dining Table
  • Drexel 'Precedent' Expanding Dining Table
  • Drexel 'Precedent' Expanding Dining Table
  • Drexel 'Precedent' Expanding Dining Table
H 29.5 in. W 42 in. D 32 in.
Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Endtables
By Edward Wormley
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Nice matched pair of Edward Wormley Precedent collection silver elm end tables. Beautifully refinished and ready to go!
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Materials

Elm

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Elm Desk
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in San Francisco, CA
An uncommon Mid-Century Modern elm desk by Edward Wormley from his Precedent Collection for Drexel. Clean-lined and compact design features nine drawers with hidden pulls and a pa...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Elm

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Cabinet
By Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward Wormley two-door cabinet in ebonized silver elm with brass hardware, circa 1948. The one shown has recently sold, but have another with different hardware available, please in...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Edward Womley Drexel Precedent Upper China Cabinet Bookcase Conversion
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in New London, CT
A clean vintage piece re-invented for another generation. Lacquered in orange and given a new lease on life as a bookcase on sturdy hairpin legs. Edward Wormley (1907-1995) creat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Elm

Pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent End Tables
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Garnerville, NY
Refined simplicity designed by Edward Wormley for Drexel. The end tables are part of the Precedent collection that he produced in the 1950s. Constructed of silver elm veneers and bra...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Six-Drawer Dresser, circa 1950s
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in West Hartford, CT
Early 1950s Edward Wormley designed chest of drawers, all original. Manufactured by Drexel Furniture. Age appropriate wear but structurally sound. Original brass pulls and dividers....
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Metal, Brass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Ten-Drawer Double Chest
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in St. Louis, MO
Designed by Edward Wormley for the Precedent collection by Drexel in the 1940s, designed while he worked for Dunbar. Silver Elm to be refinshed, in dark espresso, unless custom color...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Nightstands or Small Chests
By Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of silver elm nightstands in dark brown finish with brass hardware. Designed by Edward Wormley for the Precedent collection, while he worked for Dunbar. Hardware shown is in nic...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Nickel

Pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection End Tables with Drawer
By Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel three-tiered nightstands with center drawer, from his Precedent Collection, c.1950s. Silver Elm is refinished in a dark espresso finish.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Materials

Elm

Edward J. Wormley “Precedent” Writing Desk for Drexel
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Designer: Edward J. Wormley. Manufacturer: Drexel “Precedent”. Period/Style: Mid-Century Modern. Country: United States. Date: 1940s. Dimensions: 30″ H x 40″ W x 22″ D. Exten...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Desks

Materials

Brass

Precedent Dresser by Edward Wormley for Drexel
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dorchester, MA
This dresser was designed by Edward Wormley for Drexel's Precedent Collection. It is composed of silver elm and features five drawers with brass-plated zinc pulls.
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Edward J. Wormley “Precedent” Slipper Lounge Chair for Drexel
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Lounge chair designed by Edward J. Wormley for Drexels “Precedent” line in the United States circa 1940’s. Featuring a walnut-stained beech wood frame with a slatted back for support...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Walnut, Fabric, Wood, Beech

Large Precedent Dresser by Edward Wormley for Drexel
By Edward Wormley
Located in Dorchester, MA
This dresser was designed by Edward Wormley for Drexel's Precedent Collection. It is composed of silver elm and features ten drawers with brass-plated zinc pulls.
Category

20th Century American Dressers

Edward J. Wormley ‘Precedent’ Magazine Table for Drexel
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous magazine table designed by Edward J. Wormley for Drexel’s “Precedent” line in the United States circa 1940s. This unique table features a solid walnut-stained beech wood fra...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Magazine Racks and Stands

Materials

Walnut

Edward Wormley Precedent Three-Tier End Tables
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley three tiered side tables for Drexel's "Precedent" line, circa 1947. Birch wood construction with a medium walnut finish, top tier has a beveled gallery and the second...
Category

Vintage 1940s American End Tables

Materials

Birch

  • Edward Wormley Precedent Three-Tier End Tables
  • Edward Wormley Precedent Three-Tier End Tables
  • Edward Wormley Precedent Three-Tier End Tables
  • Edward Wormley Precedent Three-Tier End Tables
H 28 in. W 16.75 in. D 16.75 in.
Edward Wormley Precedent Dressers by Drexel
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Highland, IN
This pair of dressers from Edward Wormley's "Precedent" line for Drexel have just been ebonized which we think complements the brass pulls perfectly. The scale of the chests allows t...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Brass

  • Edward Wormley Precedent Dressers by Drexel
  • Edward Wormley Precedent Dressers by Drexel
  • Edward Wormley Precedent Dressers by Drexel
  • Edward Wormley Precedent Dressers by Drexel
H 32.5 in. W 32.25 in. D 19.5 in.
Edward Wormley Sidetable Precedent Line for Drexel
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Miami, FL
...SOLD...Part of the Precedent line Edward Wormley designed for Drexel in the late 1940's, this three tiered table in silver elm has a nicely molded scalloped top edge with an inset...
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Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Precedent Dresser by Edward Wormley for Drexel
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Belmont, MA
Precedent dresser by Edward Wormley for Drexel from the 1940s. 5 drawer dresser with divided top and middle drawers. Silver elm, brass-plated zinc pulls.
Category

Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Dressers

Materials

Wood

Edward Wormley Occasional Tables Precedent Collection for Drexel
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in San Francisco, CA
A pair of circa 1950s Edward Wormley designed Precedent Collection occasional tables, for Drexel. Elm, two-tiered form with grey leather inset top, original finish.
Category

Vintage 1950s American End Tables

Materials

Leather, Elm

Ebonized Chest of Drawers from Edward Wormley’s Precedent Collection for Drexel
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A small chest of drawers from Drexel’s notable Precedent line, one of the few collections Edward Wormley produced outside of his work with Dunbar. The stately collection comprised ov...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Materials

Brass

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Drexel Precedent For Sale on 1stDibs

With a vast inventory of beautiful furniture at 1stDibs, we’ve got just the drexel precedent you’re looking for. A drexel precedent — often made from wood, hardwood and elm — can elevate any home. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer drexel precedent, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. A drexel precedent, designed in the Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco or Neoclassical style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one drexel precedent that is appealing in its simplicity, but Edward Wormley and Drexel produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Drexel Precedent?

A drexel precedent can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $2,500, while the lowest priced sells for $828 and the highest can go for as much as $6,500.

Edward Wormley Biography and Important Works

As the longtime director of design for the Dunbar furniture company, Edward Wormley was, along with such peers as George Nelson at Herman Miller Inc., and Florence Knoll of Knoll Inc., one of the leading forces in bringing modern design into American homes in the mid-20th century. Not an axiomatic modernist, Wormley deeply appreciated traditional design, and consequently his work has an understated warmth and a timeless quality that sets it apart from other furnishings of the era.

Wormley was born in rural Illinois and as a teenager took correspondence courses from the New York School of Interior Design. He later attended the Art Institute of Chicago but ran out of money for tuition before he could graduate. Marshall Field hired Wormley in 1930 to design a line of reproduction 18th-century English furniture; the following year he was hired by the Indiana-based Dunbar, where he quickly distinguished himself. It was a good match. Dunbar was an unusual firm: it did not use automated production systems; its pieces were mostly hand-constructed. For his part, Wormley did not use metal as a major component of furniture; he liked craft elements such as caned seatbacks, tambour drawers, or the woven-wood cabinet fronts seen on his Model 5666 sideboard of 1956. He designed two lines for Dunbar each year — one traditional, one modern — until 1944, by which time the contemporary pieces had become the clear best sellers.

Many of Wormley’s signature pieces are modern interpretations of traditional forms. His 1946 Riemerschmid Chair — an example is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art — recapitulates a late 19th-century German design. The long, slender finials of his Model 5580 dining chairs are based on those of Louis XVI chairs; his Listen-to-Me Chaise (1948) has a gentle Rococo curve; the “Precedent” line that Wormley designed for Drexel Furniture in 1947 is a simplified, pared-down take on muscular Georgian furniture. But he could invent new forms, as his Magazine table of 1953, with its bent wood pockets, and his tiered Magazine Tree (1947), both show. And Wormley kept his eye on design currents, creating a series of tables with tops that incorporate tiles and roundels by the great modern ceramicists Otto and Gertrud Natzler. As the items on 1stDibs demonstrate, Edward Wormley conceived of a subdued sort of modernism, designing furniture that fits into any decorating scheme and does not shout for attention.

Edward Wormley Biography and Important Works

The Edward Wormley Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Edward Wormley Furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 1,053 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Edward Wormley were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Prices for Edward Wormley furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Priced at $300, these items top out at $43,281, while pieces like these can sell for $5,850 on average.