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American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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.

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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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut, Laminate

American of Martinsville Nightstands in White Wash Finish and Marble Tops
By American of Martinsville
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A pair of American of Martinsville nightstands with marble tops. Hollywood Regency stile with elegant, white wash finish.
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1960s American Hollywood Regency Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Oak

Rosewood Ebony Nightstand / End Table by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A rosewood and ebony toned two drawer nightstand / end table with chrome pulls having aluminum trim to the lower stretcher and leg area. A very tight and crisp looking design retaini...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Exceptional Pair of Modern Commodes by American of Martinsville, circa 1950
By American of Martinsville
Located in Atlanta, GA
This magnificent pair of commodes is shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and completely installation r...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Mahogany

American of Martinsville Accord Walnut Nightstand or End Table with X’s
By Merton Gershun, American of Martinsville
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome nightstand or end table from American of Martinsville and Merton Gershun’s Accord line of furniture with their signature X’s and asymmetric handles. It is in wonderful resto...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Aluminum

Midcentury American Of Martinsville Patchwork Olive Wood Queen Size Headboard
By American of Martinsville
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fabulous Midcentury Queen size headboard. Made by the iconic American Of Martinsville group. Beautiful patchwork Olive Wood design in deep rich colors.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood, Walnut

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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

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 American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Rosewood Ebony Small Chest / Nightstand by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A four drawer rosewood and ebony toned small chest or nightstand having rich graining with chrome pulls . A great chest for a tight space or use as a nightstand because of it's talle...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Laminate, Walnut

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 American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

American of Martinsville Night Stands with Brass Accents
By American of Martinsville
Located in Los Angeles, CA
American of Martinsville night stands with brass accents.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Chic Restored Pair of Small Chests in the Style of Renzo Rutili
By American of Martinsville
Located in Atlanta, GA
An exceptional pair of end tables or nightstands by American of Martinsville, circa 1960. Heavy, expertly crafted mahogany case construction with exquisite detail. Fabulous solid bra...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Laminate, Walnut

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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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

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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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

American of Martinsville Nightstands in Black Lacquer
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pair of nightstands by American of Martinsville feature a beautiful black lacquer finish with Mid-Century Modern styling with solid three drawer construction. Vintage end tables...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood, Lacquer

Merton Gershun for American Martinsville MCM Walnut & Brass X-Inlaid Nightstand
By Merton Gershun, American of Martinsville
Located in Countryside, IL
Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville mid century walnut & brass x-inlaid nightstand Nightstand measures: 20 wide x 16 deep x 24 inches high All pieces of furniture can be ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

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 American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Pair of Black Lacquer 3 Drawer End Tables Nightstands Cabinets
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, American of Martinsville
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of black lacquered three drawers night stands by American of Martinsville.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville Lacquered Nightstands, Refinished
By American of Martinsville, Merton Gershun
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern black lacquered nightstands By Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville USA, 1950s Black lacquered mahogany, with unique fluted ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Mahogany, Lacquer

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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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Pair of Restored Walnut Block Front Two Drawers End Tables Night Stands
By American of Martinsville
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of mid century American modern walnut block front nightstands end tables.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Pair of Merton Gershun Dania Nightstands for American of Martinsville
By Merton Gershun, American of Martinsville
Located in New York, NY
This vintage pair of wooden nightstands, designed by Merton Gershun for the American of Martinsville 'Dania Collection', produced circa 1950s-1960s, comes with laminated sides and to...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Pair of Merton Gershun American of Martinsville Nightstands
By American of Martinsville
Located in Pasadena, TX
A pair of vintage nightstands by Merton Gershun manufactured by American of Martinsville. One drawer on each with brushed aluminum pulls and the top features an X-shaped ornamental i...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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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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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Matching Pair of Chests, Commodes or Large Night Stands
By American of Martinsville
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A handsome clean line pair of chests by American of Martinsville from the 1960's. They feature beautifully grained walnut with aluminum hardware. Price includes the pair.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Aluminum

Pair Large Square Raised Rolled Edge Danish Mid Century Modern Walnut End Tables
By John Stuart, American of Martinsville
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of mid century modern walnut end side tables night stands
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Single White Lacquered Mid-Century Modern Nightstand with Brass Trim
By American of Martinsville
Located in Buchanan, NY
Very well made Mid-Century Modern nightstand in the original white lacquered finish with brass trim and hardware. Stamped American of Martinsville. Sold as is.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

Pair of Grey Cerused and Travertine Marble Top Nightstands, Merton Gershun
By Merton Gershun, American of Martinsville
Located in Hollywood, FL
The travertine marble top with 2 drawers in wave pattern on square tapering legs, with polished nickel caps.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Marble

Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville Mid Century Walnut Full Headboard
By Merton Gershun, American of Martinsville
Located in Countryside, IL
Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville mid century walnut full headboard This headboard measures: 56.5 wide x 2 deep x 32 inches high ?All pieces of furniture can be had i...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Chic Pair of Midcentury 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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Laminate, Walnut

MCM American of Martinsville Merton Gershun Urban Suburban Full-Size Headboard
By Merton Gershun, American of Martinsville
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome Mid-Century Modern (MCM) full-size bookcase headboard designed by Merton Gershun for his Urban Suburban line for American of Martinsville. It is in wonderful vintage conditi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Laminate, Walnut

Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville Mid Century Full Size Headboard
By American of Martinsville, Merton Gershun
Located in Countryside, IL
Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville mid century full size headboard This headboard measures 55 wide x 2 deep x 31.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

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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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Midcentury American of Martinsville Pierced Apron Nightstands, a Pair
By American of Martinsville
Located in west palm beach, FL
Exceptional pair of Midcentury Nightstands. Made by the iconic American Of Martinsville. Compact in size, but large in presence. These nightstands have heft. Rest on a pierced apron....
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1950s North American American Classical Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood

Classic Modernist American of Martinsville Nightstands with Aluminum Inlays
By American of Martinsville
Located in Buffalo, NY
A Classic pair of vintage walnut nightstands manufactured by American of Martinsville. One drawer on each with brushed aluminum pulls and the top features X-shaped ornamental inlays ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville More Furniture and Collectibles

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Aluminum

American of Martinsville more furniture and collectibles for sale on 1stDibs

American of Martinsville more furniture and collectibles are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of American of Martinsville more furniture and collectibles, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 47 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original more furniture and collectibles by American of Martinsville were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th Century. Many customers also consider additional furniture and collectibles by Baker Furniture Company, John Widdicomb and T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for American of Martinsville more furniture and collectibles can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $450 and tops out at $36,000, while pieces like these can sell for $1,850 on average.
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