We believed in building the best furniture humans could build — furniture that you be proud of forever and a day.                                        

— Robert Riley, former shipping superintendent and 31-year employee at White Furniture Company

White Furniture Company of Mebane, North Carolina, made exceptional furniture. The crème de la crème. If you ever see a White piece, study it and appreciate it. If you can buy it, do so. This quality of furniture simply does not exist anymore.

David and I couldn’t believe our good fortune when we discovered a full mid-century modern dining room set and french provincial bed frames at a recent estate sale. High quality mid-century pieces are rare to stumble upon in northeast Florida. It turns out White Furniture is even rarer. We knew White made fine furniture but not much more. The pieces looked incredible. What else could we do but negotiate a good price and load up?

White Furniture Mebane NC
White Furniture Dining Room Set: China Cabinet, Dining Table with Chairs, Sideboard
White Furniture of Mebane NC
White Furniture: China Cabinet
White Furniture of Mebane, NC
White Furniture: Sideboard
White Furniture of Mebane NC
White Furniture: Dining Room Arm Chairs

I researched the company and discovered this premier furniture manufacturer no longer exists. Clearly I needed to do more digging. I bought the highly informative and heartbreaking book about White Furniture’s final months: Closing: The Life and Death of An American Factory by Bill Bamberger and Cathy N. Davidson (1998). The book shed some light on this American institution, but more on that below.

The White brothers started the company in 1881, the year the town of Mebane incorporated. The company and the town were intrinsically linked. The four White brothers — Will, Dave, J. Sam, and Steve A. — served as successive presidents from 1881 to 1969, a total of 88 years. Early on they elected to produce high-end furniture and appeal to Southern and Northern markets. Imagine how audacious this business decision was because the Civil War ended less than 20 years earlier.

They imbued an appreciation for craftsmanship, loyalty, respect, and dignity among their employees. Job stability remained so high that employees joked about openings becoming available only because of death or retirement.

The company accumulated contracts and awards. In 1906 White’s shipped 58 boxcars by train to the Panama Canal when the U.S. government ordered oak furniture for its officers and enlisted men. Every boxcar featured a 20-foot banner proclaiming “FROM THE WHITE FURNITURE CO., MEBANE, N.C., FOR U.S. GOVERNMENT, PANAMA CANAL.”

White Furniture Co. trainload headed to Panama Canal
White Furniture Co. trainload headed to Panama Canal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1912 Arthur White visited the construction site of the new Grove Park Inn in Asheville. He hoped to sell his company’s wares but encountered resistance. Arthur’s nephew, Stephen A. White V recounted the family story:

Arthur did most of the selling, especially the sales of furniture for fine resorts. White Furniture Company shipped a sample dresser to Asheville to be shown as a typical piece of our quality. The gentleman who was in charge of buying furniture ‘pooh-poohed’ the idea of any furniture made in a little country town in North Carolina being even close to the standards, which were wanted for the Grove Park Inn. So, my Uncle Arthur uncrated the dresser and asked the potential buyer to select one of the drawers from the dresser and he would give a demonstration, which would prove that White Furniture Company produced furniture, which would stand the use and abuse to which it would be subjected. A drawer was selected and taken from the dresser and laid down on the floor upside down. Then Uncle Arthur jumped on the drawer and there was no sign of the abuse to which it was subjected. Arthur brought the order home in his pocket.    –Speech given before the North Carolina Historical Society in Chapel Hill in 1982; typed manuscript, private collection.

Grove Park Inn, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNC at Asheville
Grove Park Inn, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, UNC at Asheville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve White IV was the last of the original White brothers. After his death in 1969, the second generation provided stewardship for the next 15 years, until the White family shareholders narrowly voted to sell the business to Hickory. The newly formed Hickory-White Company continued to make furniture until the factory closed in 1993. Under Hickory’s leadership, quantity soon superseded quality.

Bamberger and Davidson’s book Closing highlights White Furniture Company, but White   represents the many American companies trying to navigate the economic turmoil of the 1980s. The closing of the renowned White Furniture Company and the impact on Mebane, NC, is the story of small towns and cities all over the country. As the U.S. shifted from a manufacturing nation, we moved into a new post-industrial era.

For myself, I am thrilled that Bill Bamberger gave me permission to feature a few of his dramatic photos of White’s craftsmen in action. Their labors convey beauty and grace. These photos attest to their dedication.

Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory
Andrew inspecting bedpost. Photo by Bill Bamberger

 

Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory
James sanding mirror frames. Photo by Bill Bamberger
Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory
Sanding bed frame, cabinet room. Photo by Bill Bamberger
Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory
Joan in the spray booth, finishing department. Photo by Bill Bamberger

Head over to Part 2 where I’ll share photos of the White bedroom furniture we bought and discuss the closing of the venerable White Furniture Company.

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71 Comments on White Furniture Company of Mebane, NC, Part 1

  1. Rebecca
    July 17, 2015 at 6:35 pm (3 years ago)

    I really appreciate your sharing the history of the pieces you find!

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    • irisabbey
      July 17, 2015 at 7:51 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Rebecca DeGroot. I’m trained to do research, so I love when opportunities present themselves. I went to you blog and so enjoyed your reference to Virginia Woolf. Your items are delightful — thoughtful and creative. I really liked your Halloween crow and the framed witches, and the button heart. Oh, and the lace/sheet music/button heart is lovely. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Rachel
    July 27, 2015 at 9:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Love your White Furniture Co. pieces! I refinish quality mid century modern furniture for personal use. The most interesting aspect of rehabing these finds is the story behind the manufacturer. I have a pair of Walnut dressers, identical to your sideboard pictured in your blog. The seller gave me the original White Furniture Catalog, from which his mother order the pieces. Thes sideboard you have is part of the Tiara Collection. Many pieces were made to be interchangeable from dining, bedroom, to living room. The seller had the coffee table, king sized headboard, one mirror, two dressers, and a night stand. I only bought the dressers, night stand and mirror.

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    • James Lajeunesse
      November 5, 2017 at 12:32 am (1 year ago)

      I bought a tea cart from a second hand store and cant find any information about it online. Can you help me out?

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      • irisabbey
        November 5, 2017 at 2:04 am (1 year ago)

        Hi, James — You didn’t mention the style. Does the tea cart have any kind of identification? Since your comment is on my White Furniture Company of Mebane, NC post, does it say that or White Fine Furniture? If White manufactured it, the only patterns I’ve identified so far are found in this post: http://www.irisabbey.com/design-history/can-name-white-fine-furniture-collection/

        If your piece does not have any ID, you’ve reached my limits. When the U.S. manufactured furniture, especially in the early 20th century, there were thousands of furniture factories. Even if a manufacturer slapped on a paper label, the likelihood of the label surviving until today is low. Complicating matters, some never had labels to begin with, just a code stenciled on the back or bottom of the piece. You’ll have better odds with a cloth label, or metal one, or logo burned or stenciled into the wood.

        During the 1970s U.S. furniture manufacturers began to move to other countries because of cheaper supplies and labor. We also saw the shift away from solid wood. Particle board and/or MDF (minimum-density fiberboard) were much cheaper. The heyday of well-made, solid wood pieces is gone, but quality pieces can be found at thrift shops, estate sales, and antique/vintage shops.

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  3. Susan
    September 5, 2015 at 12:51 pm (3 years ago)

    You have purchased beautiful pieces.
    In the early 70’s, my husband and I headed to a NYC suburb to find
    replacement pieces for his cheap bachelor furniture. Our “Andorra” 7 piece bedroom set was on sale for a little under $2000. We purchased it and had it sent to Connecticut, where we resided, tax free, since it was across state borders.

    I, too, purchased the book, but years later. I had found the same set as mine, with a shorter armoire, about 10 years ago and purchased it for $250. via Craigslist. It had not been taken care of as well as my set had been (sadly). The later set has been divided between guest bedrooms.

    I do see pieces and sets on Craigslist from time to time. Most listings can be found
    by searching “White Mebane”, White fine furniture”, White manufacturing” “White furniture company”, for those people who are interested in finding pieces.

    It breaks my heart to see pieces that have been painted or have become “shabby chic”,
    since I know of the workmanship that has gone into the furniture. It is inexpensive and well worth the effort to have a furniture refinisher touch up and repair any flaws.

    The original set has been lovingly cleaned with a damp cloth, ONLY, frequently and is still gorgeous. As I go over every carved area I remain in awe of the efforts put into making the pieces.

    Your brilliant find is beautiful and should last you a lifetime. You now have a piece of American history.
    Congratulations.

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    • irisabbey
      September 5, 2015 at 3:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Susan, Thanks for your wonderful comment. I have a deep respect for White Furniture and am so grateful for your mutual feelings. I am in awe that you possess so many pieces. Simply fantastic.

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  4. Denise
    September 12, 2015 at 10:42 pm (3 years ago)

    What an informative piece! I had a very short visit in a consignment store earlier this afternoon, and saw a long, low bench with a loose squared-edge leather (? or leather-like) cushion on top. The tag said ‘White Furniture’, but I didn’t know any history. I think it might be a bench for the end or side of a bed, to step up? I wonder if anyone with those catalogs could see if something within shows it?
    I wish I had snapped a photo…the place was close to closing and I was looking for something else…but now I’m really curious about it! Thank you for this piece, and thanks in advance for any help. Best to you!

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    • irisabbey
      September 13, 2015 at 2:34 am (3 years ago)

      Hi, Denise. How great that you saw a piece made by White Furniture of Mebane. Unfortunately I can’t help narrow down exactly what it is, what collection it’s from, or what year it was made. Sometimes on ebay you can find advertisements or catalogs that were issued by furniture companies. I have had no luck with White’s. Once they began the closing process in the early 1990s, they destroyed all their furniture designs on paper. My best suggestion is to keep checking on ebay for a similar bench or a similar piece that’s from its collection. Good luck, my friend.

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  5. Dennis Jones
    December 17, 2015 at 4:31 am (3 years ago)

    How nice to find folks still enjoying some of the finest furniture ever produced. I worked at White’s for three summers while I was still in high school. Many of the folks pictured I knew and admired their skill( even at 16 years old I knew a craftsman when I seen one) these men and women took pride in their job. I picked up wood scraps and delivered them to the boiler to be burned for heat and other energy needs.) At times I would stand and watch for 15 minutes at the skill it takes to cut out the scalloped huge table tops, it was amazing to watch these guys handle these huge pieces with ease. The exact measurements used, the quality of wood, the skill to finish the pieces, the packaging for shipment was second to none. White’s also knew the skill it took to put out furniture of this quality and paid their employees a better than average hourly wage. My uncle worked there nearly 50 years, he and many others were able to raise families and put kids through college because of these fair wages. The book does give a good look of the factory near the end, but the over 100 years before is the real story of American pride. I so miss the folks I worked with there, but my memory of each one always make me smile.

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    • irisabbey
      December 17, 2015 at 4:32 pm (3 years ago)

      Dennis, thank you for taking the time to share your memories of White’s Furniture Co. I loved the details you recalled. How wonderful that you identified the power of White’s 100-year history: “the real story of American pride.” You are the first person I’ve heard from who actually worked at White’s, so that’s rather remarkable. The quality and craftsmanship of the furniture produced by the employees is part of our American history. I wouldn’t be surprised if some pieces appear in the Smithsonian Institute’s collection some day.

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  6. Donna Holmes
    December 17, 2015 at 1:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Been told by someone who knows that all the pictures you put out do not belong to White Furniture

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    • irisabbey
      December 17, 2015 at 6:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Hello, Donna — Thanks for your comment. I’m not sure what photo(s) your acquaintance is referring to. There are two sets of pictures: the color ones of the furniture sitting on my front lawn, which I took, and the black and white photos taken by Bill Bamberger. Bill took photos at the Mebane factory during its final months of operation. His photos were assembled into a book, with the narrative written by Cathy N. Davidson (Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory by Bill Bamberger and Cathy N. Davidson, 1998). I received permission from Bill to use selected photos in my blog posts. The furniture in my photos all have the White Furniture label. I’ll be happy to continue this conversation via my email at annmariebyrd@gmail.com

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  7. Sue
    April 25, 2016 at 2:14 pm (3 years ago)

    I have a beautiful dinning room set by white. I was not aware that they had gone out of business . I found your article because I told my son who is getting married that he needed to buy furniture like my dinning room. It lasts for ever and always is in style because of the quality.

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    • irisabbey
      April 25, 2016 at 6:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi, Sue — Congrats on your White furniture. The sad reality is that they don’t make furniture like that anymore. The era of the skilled craftsman — like at the White Factory — laboring with perfectionist intent is gone. Most furniture is imported because it’s cheaper to make overseas. The shift away from craftsman-made furniture began in the 1970s. The economy drove it because if pieces were made and sold more quickly, the profit margin would be greater. But the current situation not all doom and gloom. Plenty of people downsize and want to sell their quality furniture. Antique and vintage stores, craigslist, ebay, and estate sales are possibilities. Hone your negotiation skills. You, your son and his fiancé need to look for pieces that are solid wood, have dove-tailed drawers and constructed to last into the next generation and beyond. If that’s what he wants. Research shows that children don’t want the kind of furniture their parents have, http://www.nola.com/homegarden/index.ssf/2016/04/memo_to_parents_your_adult_kid.html. Instead, young couples frequently buy furniture with the intent to replace it when it breaks, which sometimes doesn’t take long. I certainly understand your appreciation of quality furniture. But the times, alas, are changing.

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  8. Caron
    May 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm (3 years ago)

    My mother and father have a house full of White of Mebane furniture. They paid good money for it half a century ago. She treasures it all. 50+ years and going strong and still beautiful!

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    • irisabbey
      May 11, 2016 at 5:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Caron, how wonderful that your parents bought such a beautiful set. I don’t even have to see it to know it’s fabulous. The White Furniture Company had an outstanding reputation for craftsmanship and beauty.

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  9. Shirley Rich
    June 12, 2016 at 5:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I just found your website today and am hoping that you can give me some information on a White Furniture Dining Room set we have had since about the mid 1960″s. We live in Houston and our house flooded Memorial Day 2015. That’s over 1 year ago now. I would really like to talk to you if will email your phone number. We still have not been able to convince the insurance company of the quality of this furniture and we have not settled our claim. I would very much appreciate a reply.

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  10. Erin Connor
    September 19, 2016 at 4:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi,

    I just stumbled across your website as I was getting ready to sell my mothers White of Mebane furniture set. After reading your website I’m second guessing myself on the pricing, which by the way a local consignment store offered $900 for the 3 piece set (Platform Queen bed frame with lighted headpiece, small dresser, and large dresser with 3 piece sectional mirror). The furniture is worn as can be expected from the number of years in service, so I’m wondering if you’re able to look at it for me to let me know if you think it’s work more than $900?

    Thank you,

    Erin

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    • irisabbey
      September 20, 2016 at 12:17 am (2 years ago)

      Erin, I’m sending you an email.

      Reply
  11. Jane Miller
    October 25, 2016 at 7:20 pm (2 years ago)

    I am sad to say that we are down scaling and need to sell my mom’s gorgeous White of Mebane breakfront. It is in Roanoke, VA and I don’t know the best way to sell it without giving it away!! It is in impeccable shape-not a scratch on it. Anyone have any thoughts? Jane 207-577-6558

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    • irisabbey
      October 26, 2016 at 4:09 am (2 years ago)

      Jane, I’ve sent you an email.

      Reply
  12. Noel White
    November 3, 2016 at 5:03 am (2 years ago)

    Hello….I have a Lorraine VI Bedroom Set and I also have a Lorraine VI Dinning Table with the beautiful China cabinet. These are heirloom treasures that cannot be duplicated. Others have tried, but they just don’t match the quality and workmanship of White of Mebane. I purchased my bedroom set from Parker Furniture in Portland Oregon. The dining set came from Koplan’s Furniture in Vancouver Washington. The Lorraine VI Display case came from an furniture auction in Portland Oregon. These are pieces that are I am very proud to own. My last name happens to be White. Such a tribute to American skills and imagination.

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    • irisabbey
      November 4, 2016 at 9:46 pm (2 years ago)

      Noel, what fabulous furniture you have in your home. The White Furniture Company story is so compelling and heartbreaking. I absolutely agree that the quality and workmanship is from a time gone by. You’re very fortunate to have these pieces of American history.

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  13. Barbara Wuest
    December 3, 2016 at 7:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I looked at a dining room table made by White Furniture Company in the 1990s. It has six basket chairs, has a deep cherry finish, two leaves. It’s 62″ by 40# without leaves.
    330-12 Table Lot NO. 440. Can you tell me what it might be worth? The owner is asking $1400. Is this a fair price. It looks to be in good condition, though the basket weave on a few of the chairs is weakening. Thank you.

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    • irisabbey
      December 7, 2016 at 5:16 pm (2 years ago)

      Barbara, I sent you an email about your question.

      Reply
  14. Susan Rowlands
    December 4, 2016 at 2:46 pm (2 years ago)

    The arm of one of my dinningroom chairs broke off. Is there a way the get a replacement?

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    • irisabbey
      December 6, 2016 at 10:35 pm (2 years ago)

      I am sorry to have to tell you, but there is no possibility of getting a replacement arm for your chair. The factory/company went out of business and they destroyed all of their templates and design prints.
      However, all may not be lost. It may be possible for a god woodworker to repair and reattach the old arm. That usually entails drilling out the broken dowels which are used to help mate and secure the arm to the frame.
      My husband, David, would need pictures of the arm and the chair were the arm broke off to tell you if this is possible.

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      • Susan Rowlands
        December 7, 2016 at 12:22 am (2 years ago)

        Thank you so much for responding to my question about the broken arm to my dinningroom chair. I will work on getting photos to you soon.

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  15. Marilyn Leslie
    December 10, 2016 at 1:58 am (2 years ago)

    I am so excited to fine your website. I am looking at a White Furniture Company dining set. it was purchased in 1974. It includes a table, buffet, china top, 8 chairs and a server. The style is Chantilly. I know the price is fair. my only question is about the wood. It is walnut. I don’t know much about furniture and can’t tell if it is solid wood or not. Would everything manufactured y White Furniture Company solid wood. Thanks for your help.

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    • irisabbey
      December 15, 2016 at 12:49 am (2 years ago)

      Hi, Marilyn —
      First of all, White Furniture is built to last for generations. It’s sturdy and beautiful. You know that it is superior to any furniture made today.

      White’s used a veneer over wood, and that’s called solid wood.

      No piece is made from a single slab of solid wood. Veneer is thinly sliced wood, rather than a paper wood or formica used by other manufacturers. White used wood and veneer.

      Today’s faux wood ceramic tile for floors, for instance, uses a photographic process on paper or formica to resemble wood, but it’s not wood. It’s a photo of wood. But that’s not to say I’m negating this type of tile. I’ll be installing faux wood tile in a few months because it does better than actual hardwood floors here in Florida — the moisture, you see.

      I think we’re splitting hairs here. You are very fortunate to find a set of White pieces. I continue to believe White Furniture Company of Mebane, NC, played an important role in the history of furniture in the United States.

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  16. Kathy Chasteen
    December 12, 2016 at 11:48 am (2 years ago)

    HI
    I have a china cabinet that I’m trying to sell but I’m not sure of the value. I have search every possible website that I could think of
    #7515

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    • irisabbey
      December 15, 2016 at 12:54 am (2 years ago)

      Kathy, I sent you an email.

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  17. Becca
    December 15, 2016 at 1:04 am (2 years ago)

    Just a little something to add to this wonderful post. I am a White and my father was the last White president of the factory before it was sold. I grew up with a house full of White furniture and I took it for granted as children do. I was recently telling a friend that I honestly didn’t know until I was an adult that furniture could break! For 46 years I have been used to drawers that always perfectly, smoothly open and solid pieces that never have any problems. I am very thankful to be a part of this legacy. Thank you, Ann Marie, for this wonderful tribute to my family’s heritage.

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    • irisabbey
      December 15, 2016 at 8:09 pm (2 years ago)

      Well, Becca, you made my day. Thank you so much for your kind comments. That post I wrote about White Furniture (Part I) is my top-rated post, by far. I’m glad that I play a small role in sharing White’s history. The fact that your dad was president — your family ties to the company — is impressive, indeed.

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  18. Antonio Canseco
    December 20, 2016 at 12:50 am (2 years ago)

    We own a White bedroom set in the Mandarin style that we bought in New York City sometime in 1979. Now we moved to Florida the bottom piece was broken for the dresser and the armoire. I was wondering if we can get replacement parts for these pieces. Any information you can provide would be appreciated.

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    • irisabbey
      December 21, 2016 at 3:25 am (2 years ago)

      Antonio,
      I am sorry to have to tell you, but there is no possibility of getting a replacement part for your furniture. The factory/company went out of business and they destroyed all of their templates and design prints.
      However, all may not be lost. It may be possible for a good woodworker to do repair work. I’m sure you know that you have well-made furniture. I hope you can find some assistance.

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  19. Donna
    February 11, 2017 at 11:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Just saw your post…made me happy. Our son who is not yet 40 loves the style and craftsmanship of White Company furniture. He just bought the same set that you pictured on your front lawn. He bought the dining room table with leafs and he bought the china cabinet. Do you happen to know the style name of the dining room suit. The set is in great shape. Thank you in advance for your help.

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    • Donna
      February 11, 2017 at 11:55 pm (2 years ago)

      He bought the chairs also

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    • irisabbey
      February 12, 2017 at 8:14 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi, Donna, how great that your son has the White dining set. That particular set is gorgeous. I’ve been told it’s the Tiara Collection but I haven’t tracked down any catalogues for confirmation. Tell you son he did a great job finding and buying his collection.

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  20. Stephanie Convry
    June 26, 2017 at 7:29 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi, My parents bought White Bedroom furniture over 30yrs ago. Dad is now moving and they are too large to take with. Is there anyway I could find pictures to identify the names of the 7 pieces, and how much they cost. Is there value in this brand furniture, like Pennsylvania House ?
    Thank you for any advise. You have a wonderful Blog

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    • irisabbey
      July 1, 2017 at 5:55 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi, Stephanie — I tracked some White catalogs down at the University of North Carolina library @ Chapel Hill but haven’t obtained copies. I should. I haven’t been able to identify collections by name and I also read that White Furniture destroyed their drawings as part of the factory closing process. Regarding specific info on pricing, I’ve sent you an email with information about selling.

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    • irisabbey
      July 4, 2017 at 2:00 am (1 year ago)

      Stephanie, I sent you an email with detailed info but it didn’t go through. Could you please give me your email address again? You can send it to: annmariebyrd@gmail.com

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  21. Kathy Morris
    June 27, 2017 at 2:29 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Donna,
    I have just discovered my dining room set, china cabinet, table, server and 8 chairs. The china cabinet, 4 chairs, and base of the server are hand painted. The table and top of the server are wood with a beautiful grain, possibly cherry. 4 chairs are upholstered. I’m moving from MN to FL and wonder about the value of them. I am wondering how to sell them or if I should take them to FL. I could send you photos if you have any idea of value?

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    • Kathy Morris
      June 27, 2017 at 2:33 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Donna,
      I was so excited to discover your web page and the information that I did not proof read my last note. The first sentence should read: I ave just discovered that my dining room set, china cabinet, table, server and chairs are made by White Furniture in NC.

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      • irisabbey
        June 27, 2017 at 7:47 pm (1 year ago)

        Kathy, I sent you an email response.

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        • Kathy Morris
          June 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm (1 year ago)

          Hi Irisabbey,
          Sorry I had your name wrong in the first emails. I have been unable to find an email from you. My email also says you have written me an email response.

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          • irisabbey
            June 27, 2017 at 11:06 pm (1 year ago)

            Kathy, I sent the email to kmorris@d.umn.edu

  22. Kurt
    August 9, 2017 at 2:50 am (1 year ago)

    Hello, I have a White Fine Furniture 1960s vintage full French Provincial bedroom set in creamy white with gold piping. It’s in excellent condition since the tops were covered with custom polished glass since new. The set includes king size headboard, dresser with 2 mirrors, tall man’s chest, tall lingerie chest, settee bench and two nightstands. Can you provide guidance on value of this exemplary set? Suggestions on what online selling site to use? Any info appreciated!

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    • irisabbey
      August 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm (1 year ago)

      Kurt, I’ve sent an email with info.

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  23. Linda Wilkerson Mace
    August 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm (1 year ago)

    Ann Marie,

    I was working on an inventory of household furniture and items today and decided to see what could be found on the web regarding the pieces of White Furniture I was able to acquire while working there. It was a wonderful job in the Sales Dept. with a group of great people, and one that will be cherished forever. I was there between 1965 and 1973 and witnessed the dedication of factory workers on my daily visit to the factory area to check on the status of orders.

    The previous comments are correct. The quality of White Furniture is practically non-existent in the furniture world today. I was fortunate enough to acquire a bedroom suite and miscellaneous dining room pieces from the Casa de Blanco collection. It has been in my home for 50 years, and I still marvel at the detailed design. I have other miscellaneous pieces that were sold to employees as the lines were being discontinued and value the opportunity provided by the company.

    Recently I had the pleasure of completing a tour through the renovated building in Mebane, and they have done a magnificent job restoring and upgrading the building to form a close-knit community for those wishing to live there. I especially enjoyed seeing the beautiful photography on display in the hallways. It was a great reminder of the product of teamwork and the will to do our very best in all things. I am happy to say I still keep in touch with the other ladies who worked in the Sales Department. Friendship is like White Furniture…..it can last forever if given special care.

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    • irisabbey
      August 12, 2017 at 6:40 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh, Linda, you’ve just made my day. Whenever I hear from a former White employee, I am absolutely thrilled.
      If possible could you send me a photo of your Casa de Blanco dining pieces? Do you know the dates of production? I ask because I get a lot of questions about different White collections. I recently acquired catalogs for Living with Tradition (1982), Whiteleigh (no date), Lorraine (no date), Adaptique (no date), Promethean (no date).
      Also, do you remember how to decode the White furniture numbers? For example, the Living with Tradition armoire catalog number is 225-55-20-CH. What would any of those numbers mean?
      You can email me at annmariebyrd@gmail.com

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  24. Kurt Kimmel
    August 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm (1 year ago)

    Hello, I was delighted to find this string of tributes to White Fine Furniture. I have a full bedroom set of the ivory white French Provincial, circa 1970 including king size headboard, long dresser plus mirrors, man’s chest, lingerie chest, settee, and two night stands. All are protected by custom glass tops since new so the pieces are all excellent. Could you give me some guidance on value to post on the internet as my local dealers and consignment shops in Saratoga Springs NY are not interested? I would appreciate any advice… from what I have seen on the internet, this set is special in that it is a very complete bedroom and it is in superb condition. Thank you!

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    • irisabbey
      August 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm (1 year ago)

      Kurt, I’ve replied via email.

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  25. Sharon Richards
    August 15, 2017 at 5:32 pm (1 year ago)

    I saw your email address above and took the liberty of sending a photo attachment of my hutch. My mother bought it at an estate sale in the 1980s but unfortunately did not also buy the matching table. Any comments you have about the value or history of my piece are much appreciated. I’m so happy to have found your site, which more than confirms my intuitive feelings about it. My children had almost convinced me to give it away to one of their friends who would paint it white “shabby chic.” It certainly pleases me to know that I have a piece of mid century American History. Thank you again for your web site.

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    • irisabbey
      August 17, 2017 at 12:54 am (1 year ago)

      Sharon, I’ve emailed you about your china cabinet. It’s a beauty.

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    • Edna LeBlanc
      November 28, 2017 at 7:25 pm (1 year ago)

      Hello…..I am enjoying reading your comments, But I need your help too…I have a White furniture Co. Set # 330-13 on underside of the table: 8 Pc Dining Room Set that I purchased in the 90’s. It is i MINT condition..because we hardly ever use it…I am 78 husband 80, married for 61 years….Our family of 6i grandchildren, likes to sit around the den with our plates and eat…..haha…..Do you know anything about the current value…We are downsizing and I need to sell it….Edna LeBlanc, Tifton Ga.

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      • irisabbey
        November 28, 2017 at 10:03 pm (1 year ago)

        Hi, Edna — Good for you, proud owner of White Furniture. Were you the original owners or did you acquire the set from someone else? Is it possible for you to send a few photos to my email address? It’s annmariebyrd@gmail.com

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  26. Lisa
    October 7, 2017 at 10:33 pm (1 year ago)

    Ann Marie,

    I just bought the exact White Furniture China Cabinet you purchased! I had no idea of White Furniture and their reputation. The piece was at a local estate sale and had not sold. The lady conducting the sale is a friend of mine and I have a history of purchasing furniture at her estate sales. She referred to “White Fine Furniture” several times and I knew nothing about the company. My style is traditional yet eclectic with English and French antique pieces along with a few reproductions. A mid century modern piece would not usually attract my attention. However, my husband’s background is in finish carpentry and he has an affinity for well built, real wood furniture. It helped that walnut is his favorite wood! We have not placed the china cabinet in our home yet and I suppose if we had an offer we couldn’t refuse, we would part with it. I love reading the history of the White Company and I know my husband will, too! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and your pictures! If you know someone that loves this china cabinet, please let me know!

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    • irisabbey
      October 12, 2017 at 4:15 pm (1 year ago)

      Congratulations on your new White Furniture china cabinet! I’m not sure how to advise you on this show-stopper piece. You can keep it, of course, and with care it will survive another few generations. Are you a dealer because you asked about selling it? Where are you located? You can email me at annmariebyrd@gmail.com

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  27. Paul
    March 3, 2018 at 4:47 pm (9 months ago)

    Hi,
    I recently was given a white furniture bedroom set and the high boy is missing one of the doors on top that open to a three bay storage area. Is there anywhere I can purchase a single door or both doors if it be a better match. The color is rosewood

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    • irisabbey
      March 19, 2018 at 6:11 pm (9 months ago)

      Paul, you’re asking for something close to impossible. When White Furniture closed, they burned their patterns. I suppose you could find a cabinet maker who could use your door(s) as a template and remake them. I don’t think this will be an inexpensive process, but you may know someone who can do it. Good luck!

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      • Paul
        March 21, 2018 at 7:08 pm (9 months ago)

        Thank You

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  28. Robert king
    March 20, 2018 at 3:34 am (9 months ago)

    Ann Marie & David
    Found your sight by accident but have enjoyed reading comments.
    In the late 40s my parents purchased a Mahogany Hepplewhite bedroom set by White. When they passed it came to me. We in turn passed it to our son and his wife. They adopted a brother and his sister. So I was one White bedroom set short to be passed on. I started my searching and after many months located a Mahogany set done in the Empire style. It has matching crotch Mahogany
    Panels, with rope twist columns on the chest, end table, vanity, bench legs. The post on the bed has rope twist also and comes with original mahogany canopy rails. Most likely some of older White pieces mentioned in your EMAILs . It is marked by a Mahogany Assocation tag and number putting it in the late 20s to 30s based on tag and style of pieces.After I fix a few boo boos not many or bad
    It will be ready to passed on. These two bedroom sets will be here long after I’m gone which is what separates White from others, it’s as much about the memories as the wood.
    I wish you well in your journey
    Robert

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    • irisabbey
      March 20, 2018 at 5:28 pm (9 months ago)

      Robert King, thank you so much for your lovely comment. It made my day! You’ve given me — and other White Furniture enthusiasts — a superb example of White’s quality. Three generations of satisfied White families says everything I’ve ever tried to convey. Well done!

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    • Kurt Kimmel
      November 29, 2018 at 9:18 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Hi, I subscribe to these White Furniture queries and saw yours… the pictures you posted appear to be from the same style set that I have. If you are interested in a full king bedroom of this same style White Fine Furniture, I have it and was interested in selling it. It’s in northern NY however… just an FYI. It is a king headboard/bed, two nightstands, long dresser with 2 mirrors, a kind of bedroom bench (4 feet long) and a tall chest.

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  29. Becca White
    November 29, 2018 at 10:56 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Hi, I’m the great-grandchild of the White Furniture Co. founders and this is definitely from the company. Unfortunately the collections names are not digitized. This is a great price for these pieces, so if you like them you should go for it! You will not be disappointed with the quality.

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    • irisabbey
      December 1, 2018 at 1:05 am (2 weeks ago)

      Thanks, Becca.

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