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Drexel End Tables

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While vintage Drexel Furniture dining tables, dressers and other pieces remain highly desirable for enthusiasts of mid-century modern design, the manufacturer's story actually begins decades before its celebrated postwar-era Declaration line took shape.

In 1903, in the small town of Drexel in the foothills of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, six partners came together to found a company that would become one of the country’s leading furniture producers. The first offerings from Drexel Furniture were simple: a bed, washstand and bureau all crafted from native oakwood, sold as a bedroom suite for $14.50.

One of Drexel’s early innovations was to employ staff designers, something the company initiated in the 1930s. This focus on design, which few other furniture companies were committing to at the time, allowed Drexel to respond to a variety of new and traditional tastes. This included making pieces inspired by historic European furniture, like the popular French Provincial–style Touraine bedroom and dining group that borrowed its curves from Louis XV-era furniture. Others replicated the ornate details of 18th-century chinoiserie or the embellishments of Queen Anne furniture. Always ready to adapt to new customer demands, during World War II, Drexel built a sturdy desk designed especially for General Douglas MacArthur.

In the postwar era, Drexel embraced the clean lines of mid-century modernism with the Declaration collection designed by Stewart MacDougall and Kipp Stewart that featured elegant credenzas and more made in walnut, and the Profile and Projection collections designed with sculptural shapes by John Van Koert. In the 1970s, Drexel introduced high-end furniture in a Mediterranean style.

Drexel changed hands and visions throughout the years. It was managed by one of the original partners — Samuel Huffman — until 1935, at which time his son Robert O. Huffman took over as president. It was then that the company began to expand, with several acquisitions of competitors in the 1950s, including Table Rock Furniture, the Heritage Furniture Co. and more.

With the manufacturer’s success — spurred by its embrace of advertising in home and garden magazines — it opened more factories in both North and South Carolina. By 1957, the company that had started with a factory of 50 workers had 2,300 employees and was selling its furniture nationwide.

Drexel underwent a series of name changes in its long history. Its acquisition of Southern Desk Company in 1960 bolstered its production of institutional furniture for dormitories, classrooms, churches and laboratories.

In the following decades, contracts with government agencies, hotels, schools and hospitals brought its high-quality furniture to a global audience. U.S. Plywood-Champion Papers bought Drexel Enterprises in 1968, and it became Drexel Heritage Furnishings.

In 2014, the last Drexel Heritage plant, in Morganton, North Carolina, reportedly closed its doors. The company rebranded as Drexel in 2017.

The vintage Drexel furniture for sale on 1stDibs includes end tables designed by Edward Wormley, walnut side tables designed by Kipp Stewart and lots more.

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Creator: Drexel
Drexel Heritage Mid Century Walnut and Smoked Glass Side End Table
By Drexel
Located in Countryside, IL
Drexel Heritage Mid Century Walnut and Smoked Glass Side End Table This side table measures: 28.75 wide x 20.75 deep x 17 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel End Tables

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Smoked Glass, Walnut

Drexel Contemporary Walnut and Brass Coffee Table
By Drexel
Located in Countryside, IL
Drexel Contemporary Walnut and Brass Coffee Table This coffee table measures: 61.25 wide x 31 deep x 16.25 inches high About Photos: We take our photos in a controlled lighting stu...
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Early 2000s American Modern Drexel End Tables

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Brass

Drexel Contemporary Brass and Walnut Square Side End Table
By Drexel
Located in Countryside, IL
Drexel Contemporary Brass and Walnut Square Side End Table Each side table measures: 27 wide x 27 deep x 21.25 inches high About Photos: We take our photos in a controlled lighting...
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Early 2000s American Modern Drexel End Tables

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Brass

Drexel Contemporary Walnut End Tables - Pair
By Drexel
Located in Countryside, IL
Drexel Contemporary Walnut End Tables - Pair Each end table measures: 18 wide x 28 deep x 25.5 inches high About Photos: We take our photos in a controlled lighting studio to show ...
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Early 2000s American Modern Drexel End Tables

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Walnut

1960s Drexel Faux Bamboo Leather Wrapped Parsons Table
By Drexel
Located in Vero Beach, FL
1960s Drexel ET Cetera Faux Bamboo Leather Wrapped Chinoiserie Coffee or Side Parsons Table The vintage brown leather wrapped brass nail head studded side or coffee table was made i...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Drexel End Tables

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Brass

1982 Drexel Heritage ET Cetera Chinoiserie End Table Black & Burl with Ormolu
By Drexel
Located in Topeka, KS
Outstanding vintage Drexel Heritage ET Cetera collection chinoiserie black painted end table or side table featuring black lacquered ...
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Late 20th Century American Chinoiserie Drexel End Tables

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Metal

1960s Drexel Et Cetera Furniture Collection Gilded Lily Cigarette Table
By Drexel
Located in Waxahachie, TX
Art Nouveau and Arthur Court inspired cast aluminum side table, with an aged gilt finish. Base is comprised of three flowering lilies with int...
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1960s Unknown Art Nouveau Vintage Drexel End Tables

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Aluminum

Pair of Drexel Turquoise Nightstands
By Drexel
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Pair of sea foam green / turquoise three drawer nightshades with brass accents and base by Drexel.
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Drexel End Tables

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Wood

Drexel Accolade Collection II Campaign Style Wood End Tables w Glass Tops Insert
By Drexel
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous vintage Drexel Accolade II Collection Campaign style rectangular wood end tables with a single drawer, brass plated hardware, and beveled g...
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Late 20th Century American Campaign Drexel End Tables

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Metal, Brass

Drexel Heritage Campaign Style Side Tables, Circa 1970s, a Pair
By Drexel
Located in Germantown, MD
Pair of 1970s Drexel Heritage Furnishing campaign style side tables. Excellent vintage condition. Measurements are 21.25"W x 25.75"D x 25"H...
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Mid-20th Century American Campaign Drexel End Tables

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Brass

Pair Vintage Drexel End Tables
By Drexel
Located in Annville, PA
A pair of Vintage Drexel end tables featuring beautifully detailed black lacquerware paint in incredible detail. A fine quality veneered top creates a b...
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1980s American Anglo-Japanese Vintage Drexel End Tables

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Lacquer

Drexel Heritage Chinoiserie Hand-Painted Cream Lacquered Chest on Stand
By Drexel
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie chest on stand or occasional side table By Drexel Heritage USA, late 20th century Cream la...
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Late 20th Century American Chinoiserie Drexel End Tables

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Mahogany, Lacquer, Paint

Drexel Heritage Burl Nighstands
By Drexel
Located in Denton, TX
Walnut with sculpted grain and black lacquer accents make these nightstands very dramatic. With storage below and a drink shelf for nightcaps. The drink sh...
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20th Century Drexel End Tables

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Brass

Edward Wormley Precedent End Tables
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Edward Wormley tiered end tables precedent line for Drexel. An early pair of Edward Wormley modernism designed end tables. Architecturally brilliant and stunning these tables...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel End Tables

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Leather, Elm

Drexel Walnut End Table One Drawer 2 Pull-Out Shelves
By Drexel
Located in New York, NY
Made by Drexel, Mid-Century Modern walnut end table with one drawer and two shelves. The drawer has the original brass knobs and below are th...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drexel End Tables

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Walnut

Vintage Drexel Heritage Hispana Brutalist Walnut Nightstand Chest Side Table
By Drexel
Located in Dayton, OH
"Vintage Hispana Drexel Heritage low chest, nightstand or side table, circa 1960s. Made of walnut featuring two drawers with paneled fronts, brass knocker pulls, and turned bun feet. Item number 493-312-6. Drexel Furniture Company was established 1903 in Drexel, North Carolina. Although Samuel Huffman managed the enterprise, he and five other men founded the business with an investment of $14,000. By 1935, Sam Huffman died, and his son Robert O. Huffman became president. The younger Huffman made several changes in operations, including manufacturing medium-priced furniture instead of low-priced and spending more on advertising. By 1950, Drexel had grown from a small factory of fifty workers who made dressers and washstands to being a leading manufacturer in traditional and modern furniture. In the process, the company had partnered with other manufacturers to create new product lines. In 1951, for instance, Drexel acquired Table Rock Furniture and Heritage Furniture Company, and in 1956, Morganton Furniture Company. By 1957, Drexel employed 2,300 workers, and its furniture was sold nationwide in approximately 2,500 stores. By the late 1960s, the company manufactured laboratory, dormitory and hospital...
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1960s Brutalist Vintage Drexel End Tables

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Walnut

Drexel Suncoast Side, End Table Designed by Kipp Stewart
By Kipp Stewart, Drexel
Located in New York, NY
Smart, sophisticated and stylish side, or end table designed by Kipp Stewart four Drexel as part of the classic Suncoast series. This table features two tiers, the lower ( 13 in H ) ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drexel End Tables

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Aluminum

Drexel Heritage Italian Provincial Sculpted Pine Nightstands, Pair
By Drexel
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous pair of Italian Provincial style nightstands By Drexel Heritage USA, Circa 1970s Sculpted pine, with original brass hardware. Measures: 24" W x 16" D x 22.25" ...
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1970s American Rustic Vintage Drexel End Tables

Materials

Brass

Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall Nightstand by Drexel
By Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall, Drexel
Located in Highland, IN
This beautifully detailed nightstand in walnut by Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall for their "Declaration" line by Drexel has legs set outside of the case in a manner similar to Nie...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel End Tables

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Walnut

Rare Pair of Kipp Stewart & Stewart Mac Dougall Walnut Nightstands
By Stewart MacDougall, Kipp Stewart, Drexel
Located in Chicago, IL
Restored to better than new condition, unbelievably rare pair of A-frame figured walnut nightstands by Kip Stewart and Stewart MacDougall for their Drexel Declaration collection. Top...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel End Tables

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Metal

DREXEL HERITAGE "Repertoire" Mid 20th Century End Side Tables - Pair
By Drexel
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of mid-century side tables by Drexel Heritage, from their Repertoire Collection. Walnut with banded top, brass hardware, undertier shelf and spade feet. Features burl to drawf...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drexel End Tables

Materials

Brass

1980s Drexel Heritage Chippendale Walnut Accent Table W/ Fretwork and Banded Top
By Heritage Furniture, Drexel
Located in Germantown, MD
1980s Drexel Heritage Chippendale walnut accent table. Amazing fredwork on all sides. Walnut veneer banded top. Finely carved throughout ...
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Late 20th Century American Chippendale Drexel End Tables

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Walnut

Vintage Drexel Weatherwood Collection Campaign Cabinet Style Pair of Nightstands
By Drexel
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous vintage Drexel Weatherwood Collection Campaign cabinet style nightstands or end or side tables with brass plated hardware. Beautiful condit...
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Late 20th Century American Campaign Drexel End Tables

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Metal, Brass

DREXEL Velero Mid 20th Century Spanish Style Square End Side Table
By Drexel
Located in Charlotte, NC
A Spanish style square end table by Drexel, from their Velero Collection. Pecan with distressed finish, parquetry top, undertier shelf and turned legs. Features one drawer of dovetai...
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Mid-20th Century American Spanish Colonial Drexel End Tables

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Brass

"Esperanto" Side Table by Drexel
By Drexel
Located in Denton, TX
Hexagon shaped wooden side table with slate top in a arabesque design by Drexel.
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Drexel End Tables

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Slate

Drexel Heritage Carved Mahogany Hollywood Regency Clover-Shaped Occasional Table
By Drexel
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Hollywood Regency chinoiserie occasional table from the connoisseur line by Drexel Heritage. The table features beautiful mahogany wood grain, a unique clover shape, and n...
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1970s American Chinoiserie Vintage Drexel End Tables

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Mahogany

Vintage Drexel Weatherwood Collection Campaign Style End Table Cabinet or Chest
By Drexel
Located in Topeka, KS
Wonderful vintage Drexel weatherwood Collection Campaign style end table, cabinet, or chest with one drawer, 2 doors with brass plated hardware, and...
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Late 20th Century American Campaign Drexel End Tables

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Metal, Brass

1960s Walnut Campaign Tray Table by Kipp Stewart & Stewart McDougall for Drexel
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern walnut campaign style folding X form tray, side or end table with removable tray. Designed by Stewart MacDougall and Kipp Stewart for Drexel Furniture Company, Dec...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel End Tables

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Canvas, Walnut

Drexel Heritage Et Cetera Chinoiserie Black & Burl & Ormolu End Tables, a Pair
By Heritage Furniture, Drexel
Located in Germantown, MD
For your consideration is this Extraordinary pair of end tables!!! This is a gem by Drexel, from their ET Cetera line. It is comprised of two rectangular wood frames Tables with high...
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1980s American Chinoiserie Vintage Drexel End Tables

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Gold, Ormolu

Drexel French Regency Louis XVI White Lacquered Nightstands, Newly Refinished
By Drexel
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous pair of mid-century French Regency Louis XVI style nightstands or end tables By Drexel USA, Circa 1950s White lacquered walnut, with original brass hardware. M...
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Mid-20th Century American Regency Drexel End Tables

Materials

Brass

One Drawer End or Side Table Oxford Square by Drexel
By Drexel
Located in New York, NY
From one of the most stylish line of furniture produced by Drexel, this Oxford square end, or side table is in original, clean and ready to use condition. The table has an open storage space (9.75 in H) over one large drawer. The pecan wood case features the signature faux inlay design, and brass colored metal corners and recessed bail style drawer pull, on bun style feet. 1970's mod meets classic campaign style, equals Drexel Oxford Square...
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Mid-20th Century American Campaign Drexel End Tables

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Metal

Vintage Modern Marble-Top End Table by Drexel
By Drexel
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stylish midcentury end table features quality Drexel construction with spacious shelved cabinet storage. Vintage marble-top creates a beautiful contrast with the vintage walnut ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel End Tables

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Marble

Masculine Inlaid Wood Rectangular End Table with Geometric Decoration
By Drexel
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Handsome rectangular inlaid wood end table having stunning geometric design and brass medallions in each corner on top of square legs that are eq...
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1960s American Neoclassical Vintage Drexel End Tables

Materials

Wood

Pair of Rare John Dickinson Stacked Books End Tables
By John Dickinson, Drexel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of very rare John Dickinson bibliotheque end tables, a very limited edition design from Drexel's Et Cetera collection. Three large Shakespeare books make up the tabletop, with t...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel End Tables

Materials

Metal

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 Drexel End Tables

Materials

Brass

Drexel end tables for sale on 1stDibs.

Drexel end 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 Drexel end tables, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original end tables by Drexel 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 end tables by Henredon, Knoll, and Widdicomb Furniture Co.. Prices for Drexel end tables can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $490 and can go as high as $7,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,250.
Questions About Drexel End Tables
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Drexel Heritage and Drexel Furniture are the same thing. The company began as Drexel Heritage, but changed their name in 2017 to reflect their shift toward producing contemporary as well as traditional furniture. You'll find a range of Drexel furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 31, 2023
    Drexel Touraine is a line of furniture produced by Drexel Furniture. The pieces reflect the stylistic elements of the French Provincial style, and the company manufactured them from the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s. In the postwar era, North Carolina’s Drexel Furniture also embraced the clean lines of mid-century modernism with the Declaration collection designed by Stewart MacDougall and Kipp Stewart that featured elegant credenzas and more made in walnut, and the Profile and Projection collections designed with sculptural shapes by John Van Koert. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Drexel furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Whether or not Drexel Heritage furniture is considered quality is largely a matter of personal opinion. However, the company does produce pieces from carefully selected materials. Many made decades ago still remain in good condition today. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Drexel Heritage furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Drexel Furniture was known for the use of oak wood, native to the area in North Carolina where the company was based. Their attention to quality and detail highlighted the beauty of the wood they used. Browse a variety of Drexel Furniture pieces from top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 26, 2024
    No, Drexel furniture is not still in business. In 2014, the last Drexel Heritage plant in Morganton, North Carolina, reportedly closed its doors. The company was purchased by United Furniture and rebranded as Drexel in 2017. Then, in 2018, United Furniture's parent company, Heritage Home Group, filed for bankruptcy, and Drexel ceased production. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of Drexel furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 3, 2024
    To know if your Drexel furniture is vintage, examine its serial number, which you will usually find in a hidden spot, such as beneath a tabletop or on the back or bottom of a casegood. By cross-referencing this number with information available on trusted online resources, you should be able to estimate the year of production. Drexel furniture produced more than 20 years ago would qualify as vintage. If you need assistance with dating your piece, seek the advice of a certified appraiser or knowledgeable antiques dealer. On 1stDibs, find a diverse assortment of Drexel furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Yes, Drexel Furniture makes high-quality furniture in a variety of styles. The company's vintage pieces are highly sought after by collectors. You can find a wide range of Drexel Furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Drexel Heritage no longer makes furniture and the company has gone out of business. The last company to own Drexel was Heritage Home Group who filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2018. It has since gone out of business and sold its headquarters and showroom. Shop a collection of authentic Drexel furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 16, 2024
    What happened to the Drexel Heritage furniture company was that the company went out of business. In 2014, the last Drexel Heritage plant in Morganton, North Carolina, reportedly closed its doors when the Heritage Home Group purchased it. The company rebranded as Drexel in 2017. Then, in 2018, the Heritage Home Group filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations. Although a Chinese manufacturer called Samson Holdings bought the Heritage Home Group, production of Drexel furniture never resumed. On 1stDibs, find a variety of Drexel Heritage furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Drexel Heritage is indeed high-end furniture. High-end furniture is made using the highest quality materials with the best in craftsmanship and Drexel Heritage furniture is no exception. Shop a collection of Drexel Heritage furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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