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John Widdicomb (UNITED STATES, 1845–1910)

In the Widdicomb family, furniture ran in the blood. Furniture maker George Widdicomb emigrated from England to the United States in 1845, eventually setting up a cabinet shop in Syracuse, New York, before moving west to Grand Rapids, Michigan. There, he opened a shop with his four sons, including John Widdicomb (1845–1910), whose name would help carry the family legacy into the 20th century.

A wealth of pine and oak forests rendered Grand Rapids a logging center during the 1800s, and it eventually gained recognition for its furniture industry. The city became a destination for furniture makers who hailed from across the United States and beyond. The Widdicomb shop in Grand Rapids prospered, as the patriarch’s formal English training allowed him to produce pieces with superior craftsmanship compared to those of his competitors. Although the Civil War halted business and took the life of one of the Widdicomb brothers, the family’s survivors would start anew as Widdicomb Brothers and Richards, soon renamed the Widdicomb Furniture Company.

John Widdicomb, however, split from the family business in 1897 to create the John Widdicomb Company, where he would go on to focus on Louis XV Provincial-style furnishings. Chairs made in this style have distinct characteristics, such as floral motifs carved in the frames and gently angled backrests. John's company also remained a family affair: The founder’s son, Harry, assumed control of the company when his father died in 1910, while John's nephew Ralph Widdicombe — who retained the English spelling of his last name and joined the John Widdicomb Company at its start — designed every single piece of the offerings at his uncle's manufacturing outfit until he retired in 1951. Ralph was an internationally distinguished furniture designer whose modern mahogany bedroom suite won first prize at the Paris Exposition in 1900.

The original iteration of Widdicomb, which was helmed by John's older brother William while John ran his own brand, had shifted from making period revival styles of furniture, such as Georgian and Chippendale, to manufacturing modern pieces in the late 1920s. Admirers of mid-century modern furnishings likely recognize Widdicomb for the partnerships with iconic designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and Mario Buatta. In 1959, master woodworker George Nakashima created his Origins collection for Widdicomb when the firm merged with Mueller Furniture Corporation and was known, for around 10 years, as Widdicomb-Mueller. Origins, a revered Shaker-influenced group of nightstands, upholstered lounge chairs, dining-room tables and more, saw Nakashima working with woods like Carpathian elm and laurel in his Pennsylvania studio.

Eventually, the two Widdicomb companies would combine in 1970, operating under the name John Widdicomb Co.

In 2002, the business closed after more than a century of operations, and its assets were acquired by Stickley Furniture. Interestingly, it was not the first time Widdicomb and Stickley overlapped: In the final years of the 19th century, the companies opened a shared storehouse in London, while John Widdicomb and Albert Stickley would travel Europe together for the purposes of research.

Today, Stickley continues to produce John Widdicomb Company furniture, including French, Italian, English and Russian reproductions, as well as modern works from the first half of the 20th century.

At 1stDibs, shop tables, case pieces and other furniture made by John Widdicomb Company.

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John Widdicomb Georgian Mahogany Nightstands, Newly Refinished
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous pair of Georgian or English Chippendale style nightstands By John Widdicomb USA, Circa 1940s Mahogany, with original brass hardware. Measures: 21" W x 15" D x ...
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Mid-20th Century American Georgian John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

John Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Black Lacquered Nightstands
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency nightstands By John Widdicomb USA, 1950s Black lacquered solid cherry, with original brass hardware and brass-cap...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Widdicomb Mid Century Queen Headboard
By Century Furniture, John Widdicomb
Located in La Grange, IL
Widdicomb mid century Queen headboard This bed measures: 85 wide x 62.5 deep x 40 inches high, with a footboard of 9.75 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bert England Orientation Group Carved Ebonized Mahogany Tall King Headboard
By John Widdicomb, Bert England
Located in Southampton, NJ
A rarely offered king headboard designed by Bert England for John Widdicomb Furniture. Slight Asian influence in the frame lines as well as the carved floral panels. Solid ebonized m...
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1950s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Mahogany

John Widdicomb French Provincial Louis XV Bedside Chests, Newly Refinished
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous pair of French Provincial Louis XV style three-drawer dresser chests or large nightstands By John Widdicomb USA, circa 1960s Cherrywood, with original brass hardw...
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Mid-20th Century American French Provincial John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

John Widdicomb Midcentury Hollywood Regency Nightstands, circa 1970s
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency three-drawer nightstands By John Widdicomb USA, circa 1970s Wood construction with lacquered faux marble finish i...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

John Widdicomb Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie White Lacquered Nightstands, Pair
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency chinoiserie single-drawer nightstands or end tables By John Widdicomb USA, 1950s White lacquered walnut, with ori...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Widdicomb End Tables
By John Widdicomb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern nightstands by John Widdicomb with cabinet and drawer storage. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).   
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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John Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern White Lacquered Nightstands, Newly Refinished
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Campaign three-drawer nightstands By John Widdicomb, USA, 1950s White lacquered solid cherrywood, with original b...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

John Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern Walnut Nightstands, Newly Refinished
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern three-drawer nightstands By John Widdicomb USA, 1950s Walnut newly refinished in onyx, with original brass hardware. Measures: 2...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Exquisite Pair of Bombe Small Chests by Bert England for Widdicomb, circa 1965
By Bert England, John Widdicomb
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent chests are shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and completely installation ready. ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

John Widdicomb French Provincial Louis XV Oak and Burl Wood Nightstands, Pair
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous pair of French Provincial Louis XV style nightstands By John Widdicomb USA, circa 1960s Solid oak, with burl wood tops and original brass hardware. Measures: 1...
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Mid-20th Century American French Provincial John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

John Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern Walnut Nightstand or End Table
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
A sleek and stylish Mid-Century Modern nightstand or side table By John Widdicomb USA, circa 1960s Bookmatched walnut, with brass hardware and glass lower shelf. Measures...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

John Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern Black Lacquered Nightstand or Side Table
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mid-Century Modern black lacquered side table or nightstand By John Widdicomb USA, circa 1950s Measures: 21.75" W x 26" D x 22.25" H. Newly refinished. Excelle...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood, Lacquer

John Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Nightstands, Newly Refinished
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
Mid-Century Modern ebonized nightstands By John Widdicomb USA, circa 1950s Newly ebonized walnut and brass hardware Measures: 26" W x 16" D x 23.63" H. Expertly refini...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

John Widdicomb French Provincial Louis XV Style Nightstands, Pair
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
French Provincial Louis XV style nightstands or end tables Made by John Widdicomb Grand rapids, USA, circa 1950s Solid cherry construction and original custom paint in cream...
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1950s American French Provincial Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Wood, Paint

Pair of Midcentury Nightstands by John Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stylish pair of vintage modern nightstands feature a sturdy walnut construction with a lightly colored finish, two drawers with dovetail wood-joints signifying quality craftsman...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Pair of Midcentury Walnut Nightstands by John Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage pair of two-drawer walnut nightstands with brass pulls and sabots, manufactured by Widdicomb Furniture, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ) with ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Pair of Dale Ford Widdicomb Walnut Banded Top Nightstands End Tables
By John Widdicomb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Mid-Century Modern walnut nightstands side bed tables by Widdicomb. Medium light american walnut finish. One drawer open space on the bottom.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb Nightstands
By John Widdicomb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful pair of vintage modern end tables feature sculpted drawer pulls with brass fixtures on each side. The unique "L" shaped design sits on top of four unusual legs. This l...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

John Widdicomb Nightstands
By John Widdicomb
Located in New York, NY
Pair of mint restored Mid-Century nightstands with classic styling. Nightstands are refinished in a dark Walnut stain, with satin brass pulls and sabots.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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King-Size Bronze Two Poster Headboard with Caned Panels
By John Stuart Inc., John Widdicomb
Located in Hingham, MA
King-size 1960s two poster headboard in patinated bronze tone by John Widdicomb for John Stuart. Two rectangular caned panels embellish the headboard. These panels are easily dis...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Bronze, Steel

Mid-Century Modern Walnut King Headboard with a Sliding Door Cabinet
By John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice mid-century modern king size headboard - storage cabinet. Put away your blankets or use as bookcase, etc. Perfect shelve over your head to hold drinks reading lights, or ju...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

Lovely Pair of Neoclassical Widdicomb Walnut Nightstand, Midcentury
By John Widdicomb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely pair of neoclassical designed walnut nightstands by Widdicomb. Just take a look at all the wonderful details and craftsmanship of these magnificent stands. They surely don't m...
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1960s American Neoclassical Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut, Burl

Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb Walnut Stand with Brass Pull
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, John Widdicomb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Single Mid-Century Modern walnut Stand with one drawer and a brass pull by John Widdicomb.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

John Widdicomb Bedroom Suite with Dressers and Nightstands
By John Widdicomb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This five-piece bedroom set features one of Widdicomb's most notable midcentury designs and includes a long dresser, highboy tambour dresser, mirror, and matching left or right night...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Mahogany

Pair Widdicomb Bleached Walnut & Cane Single Drawer End Tables
By John Widdicomb
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair Widdicomb bleached walnut and cane two-tier, single drawer end tables. Sleek and simple design with a floating drawer cabinet with a parquetry bordered top. Lower tier is framed...
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1960s American Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Metal

Three-Drawer White Lacquer Stand by Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb, Tommi Parzinger
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern Stand end table by John Widdicomb in white lacquer. Solid brass hardware.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Hardwood

Mid-Century Modern Dresser and High Boy by John Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This handsome vintage modern bedroom set includes a high boy and a low dresser with unusual louvered fronts. The high boy features a hidden storage compartment on the top hidden by t...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass

Lovely John Widdicomb Light Walnut Headboard Mid-Century Modern
By John Widdicomb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely John Widdicomb light walnut 60" headboard. This piece is in very nice vintage condition. Please see my other 1stdibs offerings for the more pieces of this collection.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Walnut

John Widdicomb Cream Goatskin Side Table On Canted Brass Legs
By John Widdicomb
Located in Chicago, IL
An unusual end table design from John Widdicomb, this lacquered goatskin finish case is mounted atop a patinated brass, canted corner base. The slim single drawer features a demilune...
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Late 20th Century American John Widdicomb More Furniture and Collectibles

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Brass