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Q: We recently bought a French provincial-style sideboard from a friend of ours and would like to learn something about the maker. There is a plastic label inside one of the drawers that says “Made by John-Widdicomb Co., Designed by Ralph H. Widdicomb, Grand Rapids.”

A: There were two furniture companies in Grand Rapids, Mich., with the name Widdicomb. George Widdicomb emigrated from England in 1858 and opened a cabinet shop. His four sons joined the business, which became Widdicomb Furniture Co. in 1873. George’s son John left the company in 1893 and established a business making fireplace mantels and woodwork. John’s company became John Widdicomb Co. in 1897. John Widdocomb Co. gradually acquired several other furniture companies. In 1970 it bought the name Widdicomb Furniture Co., which had been inactive for several years. John’s nephew, Ralph H. Widdicombe (who used the original spelling of the family’s last name), was the chief designer for the John Widdicomb Co. until 1951. His French provincial designs were introduced in 1924. L. & J.G. Stickley of Manlius, N.Y., bought the brand name and assets of John Widdicomb Co. in 2002. Stickley now manufactures a line of very expensive John Widdicomb furniture.

 

 

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#3 Alice Bumgarner-Widdi comb furnitureDawn Young 2016-03-25 17:02
and would like to add some other piece if I can find them.
Alice - i see your post is a year old. Are you still looking for JW pieces to add to your collection?
#2 Widdicomb dresser and bedJennifer Baker 2016-03-12 01:40
My husband and I have a John Widdicomb dresser with mirror and wood bed frame. They have hand painted rose on both. They are stamped with 1920 inspection and other numbers underneath the drawers and on the back of the headboard. Trying to find someone with any knowledge of these items. The metal plaquard says 1865 located in the right upper drawer.
#1 InformationAlice Bumgarner 2015-01-16 21:46
We inherited a Widdicomb king size wall unit purchased around 1978 and would like to add some other piece if I can find them. How do I go about identifying style, etc.?

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