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Old Hickory Furniture Company

In the early 1890s, before his Old Hickory Furniture Company was formally incorporated, Billy Richardson was selling handmade rocking chairs in the town square of Martinsville, Indiana. His designs used hickory saplings that were the perfect combination of pliable and durable, making them ideal for creating graceful, comfortable and long-lasting furniture. This style of “twig furniture” or “rustic furniture” had become popular with the romanticization of escaping to nature in the 19th century, particularly in the Appalachian Mountains.

Reportedly, a young Richardson and his father crafted seating for president Andrew Jackson, nicknamed “Old Hickory,” for use at his Tennessee home, the Hermitage. By the end of the 19th century, Billy Richardson’s furniture had attracted such a fan base that he joined forces with other craftspeople in the area and they convened to work in an empty church, producing hickory sapling furniture full-time. Old Hickory was officially founded in 1899 and began shipping its signature hickory sapling seating and tables across the country.

Some of the company’s earliest customers were America’s National Parks, where Old Hickory’s homespun style of wooden furniture fit right in and turned out to be a sound investment. At Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful Inn and Glacier National Park’s Lake McDonald Lodge, the Old Hickory seating purchased in the early 1900s remains in use to this day.

That’s not to say the company hasn’t adapted over its century-plus lifetime. A look at Old Hickory’s archive is something of a trip through American furniture styles of the past century. There are knotted designs from the 1930s, chaises made of wicker (a versatile and long-lasting natural material) that recall early-20th-century resort style and Mission-style sets reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement.

In the 1940s, Old Hickory tapped designer Russel Wright to lend his eye to the brand. Wright’s streamlined designs married Old Hickory’s rustic sensibility with a modern aesthetic. After closing in 1978, the company underwent two acquisitions and was moved from Martinsville to Shelbyville, Indiana, where it now operates. Today, Old Hickory continues to offer an array of furniture and home accessories, primarily in the widely loved style with which it began.

Find a range of Old Hickory Furniture Company armchairs, tables and other items for sale on 1stDibs.

Mid-20th Century Child's Old Hickory Upholstered Chair
By Old Hickory Furniture Company
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This amazing hickory children's chair is upholstered in cotton durable fabric and in very good condition. Seat height 14 in high.
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Mid-20th Century American Adirondack Old Hickory Furniture Company

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Hickory

Antique Adirondack Old Hickory Stick Form Barrel Back Rocker circa 1910, Signed
By Old Hickory Furniture Company
Located in Big Flats, NY
An antique Adirondack rocking chair by Old Hickory offers stick construction in barrel back form with triple stick arms and reeded seat and back, maker signed, c1910 Measures - 32...
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Early 20th Century American Adirondack Old Hickory Furniture Company

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Reed, Wood

Old Hickory High Back- Barrel Back Rocking Chair
By Old Hickory Furniture Company
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This amazing high back Old Hickory, Martinsville, Indiana & barrel back Old Hickory rocking chair. Primarily used on a covered porch or patio these rocking chairs are fantastic indoo...
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Early 20th Century American Adirondack Old Hickory Furniture Company

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Wood, Hickory

Old Hickory Settee From Martinsville, Indiana
By Old Hickory Furniture Company
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This amazing settee is in pristine condition and is signed Old Hickory Furniture Company Martinsville,Indiana.It retains the original hand woven seats and backings. The patina is fan...
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Early 20th Century American Adirondack Old Hickory Furniture Company

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Hickory

Pair of Adirondack Old Hickory 2 Seat Sofa Settee with Woven Splint Seat & Back
By Old Hickory Furniture Company
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous settee by the Old Hickory co. of Martinsville Indiana. Bentwood hickory with bark intact and a splint woven seat and back in excellent vintage condition with minimal wear. N...
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1980s American Adirondack Vintage Old Hickory Furniture Company

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Ash, Hickory

Old Hickory Rustic Davenport Form Table with Two Matching Chairs, circa 1940s
By Old Hickory Furniture Company
Located in Milford, NH
A fine rustic midcentury Davenport form table with two matching side chairs with rattan seats by Old Hickory, Martinsville, IN. The table features a three oak board top and is signed...
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1940s American Rustic Vintage Old Hickory Furniture Company

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Rattan, Hickory, Oak

Forsyth X Old Hickory Butte Chair and Ottoman with Custom Sheepskin Cushions
By Old Hickory Furniture Company
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
Forsyth X Old Hickory Butte chair and ottoman with custom California sheepskin cushions and Loro Piana buffalo leather. When the Old Hickory Furniture Company asked us to collabor...
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2010s American Modern Old Hickory Furniture Company

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Sheepskin, Hickory

Old Hickory Barrel-Back Settee
By Old Hickory Furniture Company
Located in Houston, TX
Old Hickory barrel-back settee with a bent hickory frame and a woven splint seat and back.
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Mid-20th Century American Rustic Old Hickory Furniture Company

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Hickory

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  • Old Hickory Barrel-Back Settee
  • Old Hickory Barrel-Back Settee
H 36 in. W 45 in. D 27 in.
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Old Hickory Furniture Company furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture from the Old Hickory Furniture Company are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Old Hickory Furniture Company furniture, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 42 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many customers also consider furniture by Herman de Vries, A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture and H.T. Cushman Manufacturing Company. Prices for furniture from the Old Hickory Furniture Company can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $600 and tops out at $32,500, while pieces like these can sell for $3,600 on average..