Q: I have a table marked “Kiel Furniture Co., Milwaukee, Wis., Guaranteed Quality.” The top needs to be refinished. Can you tell me when it was made and if it’s worth refnishing?
A: Kiel Manufacturing Company was started in 1892 by a group of thirty-six men and one woman to provide jobs for the people in the small town of Kiel, Wisconsin. The area had plenty of lumber and skilled labor. The name of the company became Kiel Furniture Company in 1907. It bought a factory in Milwaukee in 1920 and made dining room furniture there and smaller pieces of furniture in Kiel. The factory in Milwaukee closed in 1932. The factory in Kiel became A.A. Laun Furniture Co. in 1935. The table would sell as used furniture, but the price will be lower if the top is not in good shape. A 1925 Kiel Furniture table with inlaid decoration and six legs sold for $138.