Q:Several years ago my aunt gave me a sofa she said came from the Hollenden Hotel in downtown Cleveland. Her husband was doing some plaster and remodeling work at the hotel in the 1940s and brought the furniture home because they were throwing it out. The sofa looks like it dates from the 1930s. There is a metal plate on it that says “Jamestown Lounge Company.” Can you tell me the history and value of this furniture?
A: Jamestown Lounge Co. was founded in Jamestown, N.Y., by Lynn Cornell, Theodore Hanchett and Hurlburt Phillips in 1888. The company made upholstered furniture and was known for its line of “Feudal Oak,” introduced in 1928. Pieces were made from oak trees that grew near Jamestown. The furniture was machine-carved and early pieces were heavily distressed. The factory closed in 1983. The Hollenden Hotel was built in 1885 and demolished in 1962. Value of your 1930s sofa: about $250.