Genuine Kuehne Solid Oak Furniture

whatsyurprobMay 16, 2010

This was a company in Mattoon Ill. For some reason, I can only find the two links below listed on google images.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1499&dat=19481006&id=_y8aAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-CQEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5761,4210208

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1129&dat=19430427&id=qMMwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_GkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3165,3091526

Other than these listings it's like they never existed. I'm astonished at the lack of info. I'm thinking about buying a dresser and there's a metal riveted tag in the top drawer left side. It says, 'This is a Genuine Kuehne' or something on that order. Over the top it says, Mattoon Ill..

I would sure like some info on it.

Thanx.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kuehne Ad

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lindac

Why do you care about the company that made it? If it's well made and in good condition and the price is right....and you like it...it matters not a whit who manufactured it....there were many many MANY furniture makers and not all are famous.
Just for the record....something in the back of my head says that Kuehne was in business from late 20;s to the mid to late 60's and from all reports made decent furniture.
Linda C

    Bookmark   May 16, 2010 at 3:21PM
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sunnyca_gw

The ad is in a newspaper talking about the war & if you read over it mentions world War & present conflict which would be WWII So must be around 1939-45!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 2:30AM
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lindac

If you read the date at the top of the page it says April 27th 1943.....which only means that the pieces pictured were made at that time....not necessarily when the OP's set was made.
Linda C

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 9:25AM
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sombreuil_mongrel

Not only that, but at the top of the pdf it reads:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Apr 27, 1943
Casey

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 9:27AM
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patser

Kuehne Manufacturing Co. was in business in Mattoon from 1932-1965 and they made dinette sets. I can't find much more about them, but if you are really curious, try contacting the local historical society.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mattoon history

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 7:04PM
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whatsyurprob

Begging everyone's pardon, I have all the info posted already. Can't seem to find anymore though. Even had discussions with every society in the town of Mattoon including the CofC. Nothing new learned. I picked this "Buffet Server" (looked like a two drawer dresser without a mirror to me) up at a thrift store and am wondering how a company who started making furniture in 1932 to 1965 just dropped off the face of the earth. I know why they went out of business but what happened to their oak furniture? Can't find even a mention of it other than, , , U know. I've found info on the tube furniture but it's like the oak dinette pieces never existed. I'm wondering how rare this piece I have really is.

Question: Is it a good bet that it's extremely rare and I might have the only one either made or left, i.e. an original?

Thanx.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2010 at 8:32PM
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lazy_gardens

Can you post some pictures of the furniture?

There were MANY companies that worked and vanished leaving almost no trace. Some made things that were mostly sold under "store brands" with very few pieces sold under their own names. Others made unremarkable stuff that isn't worth fussing about.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 9:19AM
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whatsyurprob

I still can't figure out why a company in business for 33 yrs. and a leader in the famous tube furniture just dropped off without a trace.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kuehne Buffet

    Bookmark   May 28, 2010 at 3:14PM
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Ideefixe

Not having information readily available via Google and "dropped without a trace" are two different things.

If you search under "Kuehne manufacturing", you can find more information, such as the company losing a lawsuit in 1956.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kuehne manufacturing

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 11:12AM
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lazy_gardens

The buffet is a nice piece of furniture.

The multi-ridged molding was very popular after the GE Building (in the Rockefeller Center, New York) opened in 1933. It imitated the string ridged appearance of the building.

That reasonably dates it to the mid-1930s through maybe early 1940s.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 5:27PM
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tmmclelland_yahoo_com

I was wondering if my find was worth anything also it 1935 by the same manufacture I just bought a dining set but mine is painted three time so i'm stripping it down.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 10:49AM
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