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Dunbar Cabinets

American

Revered for its handcrafted and highly collectible mid-century modern sofas, coffee tables and other furnishings, Dunbar Furniture was founded in 1910 in Berne, Indiana, but it didn’t gain widespread recognition until the ’30s, following the introduction of its president to a designer who would leave an indelible mark on the company’s legacy: Edward Wormley.

After a stint at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Oswego, Illinois-born Wormley worked as an interior designer for Marshall Field’s before joining Dunbar in 1931. Initially focused on developing the company’s cheapest furniture line, which could be bought with soap coupons, he was soon leading Dunbar Furniture into a new era of residential furniture for modern American homes. He would serve as the company’s design director for over three decades, designing about 150 pieces each year.

During that time, he oversaw the production of designs in a wide range of materials, with influences ranging from Scandinavian modernism to Art Deco. There were modern upholstery pieces, like swiveling lounge chairs and low-slung sofas, and experiments with textural wood on bar carts and cabinets as well as minimal, sculptural tables and functional office furniture. A passionate collector of Tiffany Studios lamps, Wormley used their glass tiles in Dunbar tables in 1956. He also worked on the reproduction of pieces by designers such as Jean-Michel Frank and Richard Riemerschmid.

One standout Dunbar Furniture collection was Janus, introduced in the 1960s, with Austrian-born ceramicists Otto and Gertrud Natzler. These pieces see the Natzlers’ uniquely artful ceramic tiles set into several styles of wooden tables. They remain some of the most sought-after mid-century modern Dunbar pieces on the vintage market today. During the peak of his design career and, indeed, the height of Dunbar Furniture’s history, Wormley amassed a whopping 30 Good Design awards between 1950 and 1955 through the “Good Design” exhibition, hosted by the Chicago Merchandise Mart and the Museum of Modern Art. Dunbar today produces a limited selection of archival Wormley designs, but many sales of original Dunbar pieces are through the resale market.

Find a collection of authentic vintage Dunbar Furniture today on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Dunbar
Expertly Restored Roger Sprunger Dunbar Model #7111 Maple Burl Cabinet Sideboard
By Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Made in the early 1970s by prestigious American furniture maker Dunbar, this piece was designed by Roger Sprunger, who spent the better part of three decades at Dunbar. Many of Dunba...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Restored Edward Wormley Dunbar Walnut & Leather 8-Drawer Dresser or Cabinet
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This dresser was designed by decorated design icon Edward Wormly for equally revered manufacturer Dunbar Furniture. Known for hundreds of successful designs and exceptional quality, ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Leather, Walnut

Edward Wormley, Cabinet, Mahogany, USA, 1950s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in High Point, NC
A bleached mahogany cabinet designed by Edward Wormley and produced by Dunbar, Berne, Indiana, USA, c. 1950s.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Mahogany

Floating Cabinets by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, C. 1950s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Westport, CT
Elevate your interior with these exquisite mid-century floating cabinets, masterfully designed by the iconic Edward Wormley for Dunbar in the 1950s and meticulously restored to their...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Cabinets

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Rosewood, Walnut

Edward Wormley Dunbar Double Sliding Door Cabinet
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Edward Wormley solid walnut cased cabinet with two sliding doors supported on four legged brass frame with walnut caps on the feet. Original Dunbar label on the back.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Walnut

Edward Wormley Walnut Cabinet by Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Highland, IN
Simple, clean-lined and versatile, this Ed Wormley cabinet by Dunbar features two bi-fold doors concealing one compartment with two shelves. Subtle ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Dunbar Walnut Two Part Sideboard Credenza Breakfront Carved Slate Inserts MINT!
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Dunbar Walnut Two Part Sideboard Credenza Breakfront Carved Slate Inserts MINT! Lots of storage cabinets superior quality mid century modern cabinet.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Cabinets

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Stone

Midcentury Edward Wormley Dunbar Walnut Showcase Curio Display Cabinet Bookcase
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dayton, OH
"This impressive showcase / room divider was a Custom order designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Features a rectangular walnut case raised over large silver tapered metal legs The ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Cabinets

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Glass, Walnut

Table Top Jewelry Chest, Walnut, Brass Pulls Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Signed
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rare table top jewelry case / cabinet designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Signed with the brass Dunbar metal tag. Walnut case and brass pulls. Two drawers...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Dunbar Gentleman’s Chest from Wyeth
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Gentleman's Chest, a mid-century modern dressing cabinet. USA, circa 1950. Crafted of dark stained walnut with the rectangular top centering a lifting...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Mirror, Wood

Tambour Door Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Model 959
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A chic and versatile cabinet with blond tamowood top and burnt almond walnut tambour doors on a dark mahogany case. Nice details like the razor-thin brass door pulls, and dappled var...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Walnut

Dunbar Cabinet in Burl, Brass Mahogany and Yellow / Gold Lamartine Marble
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rare Dunbar cabinet designed by Edward Wormley with burl wood case, mahogany frame and legs with gold / yellow Lamartine Marble top. The two doors lock with the original key and open...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Marble, Brass

Restored Edward Wormley Dunbar White Enamel Walnut Leather Cabinet Dresser 1950s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A stunning large double dresser in restored white enamel case, with warmly contrasting figured and book-matched walnut drawer fronts, having brown leather wrapped handles. This well-...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Enamel

Rosewood and Polished Aluminum Desk by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar. Restored.
By Dunbar Furniture, Roger Sprunger
Located in Kansas City, MO
Brazilian rosewood and aluminum floating top desk by Roger Sprunger for Dunbar. Three shallow drawers are carved out of the desk top: two side drawers and one wide center drawer. I...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Aluminum

Woven Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, Expertly Restored
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Kansas City, MO
Mahogany storage cabinet with woven sliding doors and drawers designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The two sliding doors have fronts woven with thin pieces of mahogany and nickel p...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

Materials

Nickel

Dunbar Nightstands
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Handsome pair of Dunbar nightstands. Original medium walnut finish with leather wrapped bases. Green Dunbar tag on inside drawer of each unit. One ni...
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1950s American Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Leather, Walnut

Edward Wormley Beautiful Pedestal Cabinet in Olive Burl, 1963
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in New York, NY
Pedestal model 6302A in natural olive burl with hinged door and interior cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, American 1963. Comes with original D key. Original paper label on botto...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus Collection Chest with Natzler Ceramic Pulls
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Model 5770 Janus Collection chest of drawers featuring brass pulls with inset purple-blue demi-lune Natzler ceramic tiles, and exaggerated dovetail knuckle joints on tops, sides, and...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Small Mid-Century Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, this trim mid-century cabinet in walnut-stained mahogany features recessed door pulls and a matching leather...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Leather, Mahogany

#6027 Edward Wormley for Dunbar Super Structure Display Cabinet
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Super Structure display cabinet Stunning cabinet constructed of dark walnut with a brass plated plinth base. Concave fron...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Cabinets

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Walnut

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Nightstands
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early minimalist nightstands designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Beautiful bleached mahogany cases with inset matching hardware and leather wrapped bases. Very functional set and ...
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1950s American Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Leather, Mahogany

Two Signed Edward Wormley for Dunbar Ebonized Walnut Woven Front Credenzas
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Two signed Edward Wormley for Dunbar ebonized walnut woven front credenzas with brass fittings. One piece is a darker walnut than the other so they are not exactly matching in colora...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Walnut

Dunbar Modernist Cabinet Model # 4724
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Mahogany with curved tambour doors with sixteen interior drawers in two banks, resting on hairpin legs.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Mahogany

Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet with Asian Hardware
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Edward J. Wormley for Dunbar cabinet with brass Asian hardware. All original dark had rubbed finish on ribbon mahogany, top will be polished and touched up prior t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Edward Wormley, Pair of Rare Dressers, Walnut, Steel, Dunbar, America, 1950s
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in High Point, NC
A pair of rare modernist cabinets or dressers. In stained walnut, legs in steel. Designed by Edward Wormley. Produced by Dunbar, Berne, Indiana, 1950s. Other designers of the per...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Steel

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Superstructure Wall Unit or Room Divider, Restored
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional "superstructure" wall unit display cabinet or room divider By Edward Wormley for Dunbar Furniture USA, 1950s Concave cabinet...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet with Brass Hardware, 1950s
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful sideboard cabinet designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, made of sandalwood with solid brass hardware. Cabinet has drawers on each side, center Lucite pull out shelf and on...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Edward Wormley Primavera Mahogany Commode
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar 5-drawer cabinet, mahogany wood with tapered brass legs. [metal tag Dunbar].
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Dunbar Cabinet, Mahogany and Brass, Four Doors, One Drawer, Excellent
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
Storage chest or cabinet designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Expertly refinished mahogany case with solid brass hardware. Two wide center drawers reveal an adjustable shelf. Two o...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Three Storage Cabinets by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Completely Original.
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Kansas City, MO
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Storage cabinets / dressers. Original bleached mahogany finish with solid brass pulls. Very good completely original condition. All three for $6850! Tw...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Table and Stool by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An ebonized and polished dark mahogany telephone cabinet or vanity table having a storage drawer and an innovative fold-out bench.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Mahogany

Edward Wormley Credenza / Server for Dunbar in Bleached Walnut and Brass
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
Beautiful bleached walnut credenza / server with solid brass hardware designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. The top two drawers contain removable felt-lined silverware trays...
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1950s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Cabinet
By Dunbar Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Handsome walnut cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Three inner shelves with sliding doors. Bottom of cabinet is wrapped in tan leather. Dunbar tag on the back. Newly refinished in...
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1950s American Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Walnut

Edward Wormley Dunbar Woven Front Chest, Mahogany, Brushed Nickel, Signed
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Edward Wormely for Dunbar woven front chest, mahogany and brushed nickel, signed. Medium scale commode, No. 4465, with two woven front sliding doors, two top exterior drawers and a f...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Nickel

Dunbar Rosewood High Chest with Brass Ring Drop Pulls
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern five drawer Dunbar chest by Ed Wormley. Rosewood mahogany two-tone combination. Brass ring drop pulls.  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dunbar Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Janus Cabinet by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An rectilinear light walnut two-door cabinet having Chinese-influenced hardware and open and adjustable shelves, the form sitting on a plinth base.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

Materials

Brass

High Walnut and Olive Burl Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Dorchester, MA
Edward Wormley designed this elegant display cabinet, model #6027, for Dunbar. The olive burl doors of the lower case enclose shelving and a se...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Tall Tambour Cabinet with Drawers by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A simple and refined ebonized mahogany wardrobe having tambour doors with integrated handles a top two (2) drawers with cut out handles.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Mahogany

Drop Tambour Front Cabinet by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An innovative and uncommon drop tambour front cabinet of bleached walnut having recessed finger pulls, the cabinet with drawers, shelves and vert...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Walnut

Cinnabar Lacquered Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A two-level cabinet having fantastic storage and scale, with a rich custom cinnabar lacquer. The lower level has bi-folding doors concealing a bank of drawers; the upper section features doors with inset antique Chinese printing blocks.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Walnut

Edward Wormley Mahogany and Rosewood Raised Edge Credenza
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Edward Wormley for Dunbar mahogany cabinet with four large drawers and a center shelved cabinet on plinth base. The pair of ...
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1950s American Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley Walnut and Olive Ash Burl Tall Cabinet for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Described in Dunbar catalogs as "#6027 High Piece" this incredible curved front cabinet is constructed of walnut with olive ash burled lower cabin...
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1950s American Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Pair of Nightstands by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A pair of ebonized 'French polish' mahogany nightstands with adjustable inner shelf and opposing hinges.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Brass

Janus Cabinet by Edward Wormley
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An elegant rectilinear light walnut two-door cabinet having Chinese-influenced hardware and a rare configuration of twelve cushioned flat drawers.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

Materials

Brass

1950s Wall Mounted Cabinet by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Edward Wormley, Dunbar Furniture
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A wall mounted cabinet with two doors, four drawers and open shelving from the Janus collection.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Dunbar Cabinets

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Walnut

Dunbar cabinets for sale on 1stDibs.

Dunbar cabinets 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 Dunbar cabinets, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original cabinets by Dunbar 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 cabinets by Edward Wormley, Herman Miller, and Henredon. Prices for Dunbar cabinets can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,800 and can go as high as $30,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $8,500.
Questions About Dunbar Cabinets
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Dunbar furniture is made in High Point, North Carolina. The original location of the company was Berne, Indiana. Its relocation occurred after Currey & Co. bought Dunbar from founder James Wormley in 1970. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Dunbar furniture.

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