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American of Martinsville Side Tables

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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Creator: American of Martinsville
Mid Century Modern Tiered Side Table By Merton Gershun, American Of Martinsville
By Merton Gershun, American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Sleek and sculptural, mid-century modern, walnut side table designed by Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville features slanted, tapered legs that support three tiers perfect fo...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Aluminum

Pair of Mid-20th Century Modern American of Martinsville Side Tables
By American of Martinsville
Located in Charleston, SC
Mid 20th Century American of Martinsville midcentury Side Tables With Drawer Newly refinished Mid-Century Modern side tables manufac...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Brass

American of Martinsville Fruitwood Bedside Table Nightstands
By American of Martinsville
Located in Germantown, MD
American of Martinsville Mid-Century Italian style bedside tables. Measures 24" in width X 18" in depth X 24" in height.
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Fruitwood

American of Martinsville Midcentury Walnut Nightstand
By American of Martinsville
Located in Countryside, IL
American of Martinsville midcentury Walnut Nightstand This nightstand measures: 30 wide x 16.25 deep x 19 inches high All pi...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Walnut

A Pair of American of Martinsville Occasional Tables with Caned Shelf
By American of Martinsville
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A pair of American of Martinsville occasional tables. Pull out drawer, caned shelf underneath. Walnut/black micarta tops.
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1960s American Modern Vintage American of Martinsville Side Tables

Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville MCM Urban Suburban Nightstand
By Merton Gershun, American of Martinsville
Located in Countryside, IL
Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville mid century urban suburban nightstand This nightstand measures: 22 wide x 17 deep x 22 inches high All...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Brass

American of Martinsville Side End Tables Nightstands Wicker Faux Bamboo
By American of Martinsville
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Pair of American of Martinsville Side End Tables Night Stands Wicker Faux Bamboo With lower glass shelves which are included. Approximate Measurements in Inches 24" wide x 22" h...
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1970s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Bamboo, Wicker, Glass

Brass / Tulip Styled Side Tables by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A pair of star based side tables with white wood and laminate round tops having nice tailored octagon shaft and base with ball feet all in brass . A great look that would work with m...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Brass

American of Martinsville Mid-Century Nightstand
By American of Martinsville
Located in Countryside, IL
American of Martinsville mid-century nightstand. This nightstand measures: 23 wide x 16.25 deep x 22.25 inches high. All pieces of furnit...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Wood

Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville Mid Century X Inlaid Walnut Side End
By Merton Gershun, American of Martinsville
Located in Countryside, IL
Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville mid century X inlaid walnut side end table End table measures: 20 wide x 27 deep x 19 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had i...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Chrome

American of Martinsville Asian Inspired Large Square Side Table or Nightstand
By James Mont, American of Martinsville
Located in Doylestown, PA
Fabulous vintage Asian inspired square walnut side table or nightstand by American of Martinsville. This handsome table features a modern, clean silhouette with a lacquered, ebonize...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Brass

Large Oversize Cube Shape Square 2 Drawers Light Walnut Nightstand Table Mint
By American of Martinsville, Paul McCobb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Large oversize cube shape square 2 drawers light walnut end side table night stand mint.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Walnut

American of Martinsville Mid Century Rosewood End Tables, a Pair
By American of Martinsville
Located in Countryside, IL
American of Martinsville mid century rosewood end tables - A pair Each side table measures: 25 wide x 28 deep x 19 inches high Al...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Wood, Rosewood

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 American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Walnut

American of Martinsville Two-Tier Bedside Table Pair
By George Nelson, American of Martinsville
Located in Van Nuys, CA
American of Martinsville two-tier bedside tables in the style of Geroge Nelson with top pull-out drawer and X-shaped metal inlays, circa 1950. Signed...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Steel

Merton Gershun "Dania" End Tables by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique pair of louvered drawer end tables by Merton Gershun feature stylish walnut frames with painted black tops. Designed with a pair of drawers for added storage, this matchi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Laminate, Walnut

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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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Merton Gershun American of Martinsville Walnut End Table
By Merton Gershun, American of Martinsville
Located in Wilmington, DE
Offered is a walnut end table designed by Merton L. Gershun for American of Martinsville. Features one drawer with a brass pull and the iconic x-shaped brushed aluminium inlaid detai...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Walnut

American of Martinsville Ebonized Ash Stepped Side Table
By American of Martinsville
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern, ebonized ash, stepped side table by American of Martinsville features a lower tier with steel inlay at 16.5 inches height.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Steel

Pair of Black Lacquer Asian Modern End Tables or Stands American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Buffalo, NY
Pair of black lacquer Asian Modern end tables or stands American of Martinsville. Asian inspired step end tables with drawer. Original black lacquer finish, gold detailing with brass...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Brass

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 Side Tables

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Aluminum

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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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage American of Martinsville Side Tables

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Wood

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American Of Martinsville side tables for sale on 1stDibs.

American of Martinsville side tables are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of American of Martinsville side tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original side tables by American of Martinsville were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider side tables by Planner Group, Heywood-Wakefield Co., and Adrian Pearsall. Prices for American of Martinsville side tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $695 and can go as high as $5,290, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,595.
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    How much an American of Martinsville dresser weighs can vary greatly. The dimensions and materials of the piece will determine its weight. Generally, highboy dressers will be the heaviest pieces produced by the American furniture maker due to their size. Shop a diverse assortment of American of Martinsville dressers on 1stDibs.
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    American of Martinsville, which was founded in 1906, is still in business. The company now manufactures furniture for hotel and healthcare industries.
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    The history of Martinsville furniture starts with the founding of the company in Martinsville, Virginia, in 1906 by Ancil Witten and Charles Keesee, a pair of former tobacco farmers. They launched their business with $30,000 in capital and began to manufacture bedroom furniture under the name American Furniture Company. In the 1920s, American Furniture Company expanded its offerings from bedroom furnishings with a range of dining room sets. By the 1950s, the company’s name had been changed to American of Martinsville, and it had gained a reputation for exquisite craftsmanship as well as a variety of furniture styles. Inspired by designers like George Nakashima and Paul László, the brand innovated 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 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. Find a variety of American of Martinsville furniture on 1stDibs.
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