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Tomlinson Furniture

Pay a visit to the town of High Point, North Carolina — long the capital of American-made furniture — and, from nearly any location in the city, you’ll see a tall smokestack bearing the name Tomlinson. It’s a name with deep roots there: In 1901, Sidney Halstead Tomlinson, Sr., and his brother founded the Tomlinson Chair Manufacturing Co., producing adaptations of 19th-century European antiques for an enthusiastic American audience. Later the Tomlinson Furniture Company grew rapidly over the ensuing decades, becoming a significant contributor to High Point’s thriving manufacturing economy.

Although Tomlinson began with a focus on antique-style furniture, by the middle of the century the company had adopted aesthetics from the modern style that was rapidly growing in popularity around the world.

Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Tomlinson Furniture produced coffee tables, storage cabinets and seating in the low-slung, sleek silhouettes that were typically characteristic of what we now know as mid-century modern designs. Working with designers like John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder, the company experimented with materials like woven cane and unique styles such as neoclassical lounge chairs in cherrywood that were seen as thoughtful modern interpretations of Biedermeier furniture.

During the mid-1950s, Tomlinson Furniture introduced its dramatic and decorative Sophisticate line, a collection of case pieces, seating, tables and more, available in a variety of woods. Today, designs that originated in the collection, such as its pecan-framed chairs with seats and backs of woven leather straps, are increasingly sought after by collectors.

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Creator: Tomlinson
Glamorous X Back Dining Chairs by Tomlinson
By Tomlinson
Located in Atlanta, GA
Glamorous X back dining chairs, designed by Tomlinson, American, circa 1950s. These chairs are currently being refinished and reupholstered and can be completed in your choice of col...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Wood, Upholstery

Tomlinson Mid Century Burlwood and Brass Sideboard Credenza Buffet and Hutch
By Tomlinson
Located in Countryside, IL
Tomlinson mid century burlwood and brass sideboard credenza buffet and hutch The buffet measures: 76.25 wide x 18 deep x 28.25 inches high The hutch measures: 68.25 wide x 14.25 ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Brass

Tomlinson American 1960s Walnut Coffee Table
By Tomlinson
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful 1960s cocktail table with a cerused limed wood base and a polished burl match-booked walnut top. Original label.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Walnut

Pr Tomlinson Chinoiserie Chinese Chippendale Pagoda Vitrine Cabinets
By Tomlinson
Located in New York, NY
Incredible pair of Tomlinson Pagoda vitrines, in the Chinese Chippendale, Hollywood Regency style. Each cabinet has two swing out door which open to reveal a fixed wood shelf, and ad...
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Mid-20th Century American Chinese Chippendale Tomlinson Furniture

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Glass, Wood

Tomlinson Sophisticate Cocktail Bar and Storage Coffee Table, 1950s, Signed
By Tomlinson, Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth Furniture Company
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This ingenious coffee table is by Tomlinson for their Sophisticate collection, featuring two sliding doors which reveal two storage spaces to the top, ideal for storing beverages, gl...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Wood

Pair of Wide American Lounge Chairs in Beech and Green Upholstery
By Tomlinson, John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder
Located in Waalwijk, NL
John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder, pair of easy chairs Tomlinson's 'Sophisticate' Collection, fabric, beech, American, 1950s This pair of American easy chairs are executed in darke...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Fabric, Beech

1950's Tomlinson Slipper Chairs in Vibrant Striped Upholstery, a Pair
By Tomlinson
Located in Morristown, NJ
c. 1950's, High Point, NC. a pair of slipper chairs of quintessential mid-century design with light walnut barrel backed frame, upholstered back and seat, raised on tapering brass le...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Tomlinson Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Tomlinson Sophisticate Ebonized Lounge Chairs by Erwin Lambeth
By Tomlinson, Erwin Lambeth
Located in Dallas, TX
Attractive pair of Tomlinson "Sophisticate" lounge chairs designed by Erwin Lambeth. Restored: the chairs feature solid ebonized wood frames with two straight front legs and two rais...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Wood, Upholstery

Tomlinson Mid-Century Hollywood Regency Rosewood and White Lacquer Writing Desk
By Tomlinson
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie writing desk By Tomlinson USA, Circa 1960s Gorgeous rosewood top, with white lacquered apron and legs, and origin...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Brass

Tomlinson Ram's Head Lounge Chairs
By Tomlinson
Located in New York City, NY
Stunning pair of Ram's head and feet lounge chairs by Tomlinson, fully restored and reupholstered in Kravet fabric.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Fabric, Walnut

TOMLINSON Crotch Mahogany Block Front Secretary Desk with Blind Bookcase
By Tomlinson
Located in Charlotte, NC
A Chippendale style secretrary desk by Tomlinson. Crotch mahogany with brass hardware, pediment top with three finials and bracket feet. Upper blind bookcase has two lockable doors t...
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Late 20th Century American Chippendale Tomlinson Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Burl Wood, Brass and Glass Showcase Curio Cabinets
By Tomlinson
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of china vitrine cabinets by Tomlinson are an excellent example of their timeless quality and design. This rectangular top cabinet features two doors with glass panels and brass...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tomlinson Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Large Scale End Tables by Lubberts & Mulder for Tomlinson
By John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder, Tomlinson
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of Large Scale End Tables, designed by John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder for Tomlinson, American, circa 1950s. Designed for Tomlinson's "Sophisticate" line, these large scale tab...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Brass

Tomlinson Sophisticate Slipper Chairs, a Pair
By Tomlinson
Located in Raleigh, NC
An incredible pair of vintage slipper chairs in excellent restored condition. These have been rejuvenated with a satin black lacquer to contrast the original cane. New boucle upholst...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tomlinson Furniture

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Upholstery, Cane, Hardwood

Tomlinson Mid Century Walnut Cane Front Sideboard Credenza
By Tomlinson
Located in Countryside, IL
Tomlinson mid century walnut cane front sideboard credenza This credenza measures 61 wide x 20 deep x 32 inches high ?All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restore...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Cane, Walnut

Pair of Lounge Chairs by John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder for Tomlinson
By Tomlinson, John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder
Located in New York, NY
A pair of walnut lounge chairs designed by John Luberts and Lambert Mulder for Tomlinson collection. These are at the moment being sold C.O.M.. These need to be refurbished but are ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Fabric, Cane, Walnut

Georgian Modern Burled Walnut End Table
By Tomlinson
Located in Chicago, IL
A great example in textured simplicity, this clean-lined Georgian end table by Tomlinson Furniture has a burl clad top and sides with stylized walnut legs and a flush, concealed drawer.
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20th Century American Tomlinson Furniture

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Walnut

Tomlinson Sophisticate Collection Faux Tambour Door Walnut Side Table
By Tomlinson
Located in PAU, FR
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern faux tambour split door walnut side table with great lines and details, rippled faux tambour design, brass hardware, butterfly insets, etc, by Tomlinson ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Brass

Tomlinson Driftwood Glazed Coffee Table with Triple-Curule Forged Iron Base
By Tomlinson
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautifully refinished Tomlinson iron curule leg coffee table in a bleached walnut with driftwood grey glaze. The triple curule form hammered iron legs are lacquered satin black and ...
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1950s American Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Brass, Iron

Classic Pair of Modernist Tub Chairs on Castors by Tomlinson
By Tomlinson, Milo Baughman
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic pair of modernist tub chairs on Castors. Manufactured by Tomlinson Furniture Co. Nice pair lounge chairs, retains original fabric. Extremely comfortable.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Brass

Burl Walnut and Aluminium Console/Sofa Table by Tomlinson
By Tomlinson
Located in Hingham, MA
Parsons style sofa or console table by Tomlinson with patchwork burled walnut top on a polished aluminium square frame base. Four corners embellished with aluminium open corbel brack...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Aluminum

Pair of Hollywood Regency Tomlinson Parkway Terrace Lounge Chairs with Ottoman
By Tomlinson, Erwin Lambeth
Located in St. Louis, MO
A pair of very sophisticated and elegant lounge chairs with silk diamond tufted outer panels and large buttons on skirts, with down seat cushions, by Tomlinson as part of their Parkw...
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1960s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Upholstery

Tomlinson of High Point, Set of Four Dining Chairs, USA, 1957
By Tomlinson
Located in Miami, FL
Chairs are marked with original patent information on the bottom of each chair. Chairs are in very good original condition. Very sound.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Wood

Modern Neoclassical Loungers by Lubberts and Mulder for Tomlinson, circa 1958
By Tomlinson, John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent chairs are shipped as professionally photographed and described: completely installation ready. Expert custom upholstery service is available. A magnificent resto...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

Materials

Cherry, Fabric

Stunning Pair of Inlaid Walnut Midcentury Tomlinson End Lamp Tables w Ring Pulls
By Vanleigh Furniture, Tomlinson
Located in Hudson, NY
Amazing pair of Tomlinson End Tables. Walnut case top with 2 drawers. Decorative wrought iron base with brass detailing. The attention to detail on these tables is absolutely stunnin...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tomlinson Furniture

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Brass, Wrought Iron

Miraculous Rare Set of 8 Leather Strap Dining Chairs by Tomlinson, dated 1958
By Tomlinson
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent dining chairs are shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and installation ready. An in...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Beech, Leather

Tomlinson Marble and Pecan Midcentury Coffee Table
By Tomlinson
Located in Philadelphia, PA
From Tomlinson's "Sophisticate" line, developed in the mid-1950s and continued throughout the 1960s. This piece is #315, a cocktail table in Pecan, with a Portuguese marble top. The ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Tomlinson Furniture

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Marble

Fabulous Pair of Robsjohn Gibbing Style Slipper Lounge Chairs Mid-century Modern
By Tomlinson
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous Pair of Robsjohn Gibbings style lounge chairs. These chairs are part of the Sophisticates series made by Tomlinson. They have a super wide low seat and gorgeous saber wood...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Upholstery

Vintage Modern Walnut Highboy Dresser
By Tomlinson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stylish American walnut highboy dresser by Tomlinson features Mid-Century Modern design and eight-drawer layout. Unique brass drawer pulls add to the vintage appeal of this tall bedr...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Sculptural Fret Back Chairs by Tomlinson
By Tomlinson
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of Sculptural fret back chairs, design attributed to John Lubberts and Lambert Muller, and made by Tomlinson, American, circa 1960s. These chairs are currently being refinished ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

H.M. Tomlinson "The Sea and The Jungle" 1st Edition Woodcuts by Clare Leighton
By Tomlinson
Located in San Francisco, CA
H.M. Tomlinson "The Sea and The Jungle" First Edition with woodcuts by Clare Leighton, circa 1930 Rare First Edition. Very good condition. Fantastic woodcuts by noted artist Clare...
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Early 20th Century American American Classical Tomlinson Furniture

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Other

Long Coffee Table with Patchwork Style Top
By Tomlinson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern table by Tomlinson, with a blonde color grain and bird's-eye checkerboard top. (Please confirm item location, NY or NJ, with dealer).  
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Wood

Tomlinson Empire Style Mahogany and Black Leather Square Coffee Table
By Tomlinson
Located in Chicago, IL
Unexpected and rare Tomlinson square bleached mahogany coffee table with black leather inlaid top. Clean lined with chunky Empire influenced solid mahogany inverted obelisk legs with...
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1960s American Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Leather, Mahogany

Stunning Set of 8 Dining Chairs by Tomlinson, 1955 - Choice of Lacquer Color
By Tomlinson
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent dining chair frames are shipped meticulously restored in customer choice of lacquer. Expert custom upholstery service is available. A stunning set of eight ( 8 ) m...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

Materials

Maple

Pair of Tomlinson Sophisticate Slipper Chairs in Walnut with Ivory Woven Fabric
By John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder, Tomlinson
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Part of Tomlinson's sophisticate line slipper chairs designed by John Lubberts and Lambert Mulder featuring curved walnut backs and legs. Undoubtedly sophisticated. Mid-Century Moder...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Tomlinson Furniture

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Walnut

Tomlinson furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Tomlinson furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Tomlinson furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 36 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Tomlinson were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in United States during the 20th Century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Bertha Schaefer, Brickel Associates and Laverne International. The prices for Tomlinson furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $400 and tops out at $32,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,775.

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