Posting ID : B1005048752
Date Posted : 2011-05-26
Group : Furniture By Owner
Kling Dining Room BUFFET and HUTCH - Collectors Brand
Good Condition and Price $350.00.
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All Wood Construction and Colonial Design
Over all Size: 40" wide x 18" deep x 78" high
Over All Size: 40 wide x 18 deep x 30 high
Top Drawer: 38 wide x 15 deep
Middle Drawer: 23 wide x 15 deep
Bottom Drawer: 23 wide x 15 deep
Side Door Storage 14 wide x 17 deep x 16 high
Size: 40 wide x 10 deep x 48 high
In 1962, Kling Factories was bought out by Ethan Allen. Any burned in "Kling" drawer marker indicates furniture built between 1962 and 1990. "Kling Colonial" was used extensively in the 1960's and 1970's. The plain burned-in Kling label was used more in the 1980's. Still Kling Furnature.
The Company Kling Factories was operated as a family business between 1911 and 1962 in Chautauqua County, New York
State, USA. In 1962, the family sold the firm to what is now known as Ethan Allen Retail, Inc. "Kling Colonial" furniture was
produced by Ethan Allen from 1963 into the 1980's. The original Mayville, N.Y. factory was operated by Ethan Allen until it
closed in 2003.
Kling Factories was founded in May 1911 when John A. Kling, an immigrant from Sweden, purchased the bankrupt Chautauqua
Spring Bed & Lounge Company in Mayville, New York and renamed it the Chautauqua Cabinet Company. John Kling
immigrated at age 17 to Jamestown, N.Y. in 1885 and worked in several furniture factories in the area as a cabinet maker,
cabinet room foreman, and plant superintendent before getting the opportunity to begin his own business.
By 1928, John Kling had purchased four additional factories in Chautauqua County, New York and the company was
reorganized as the Kling Factories. These additions were The Frewsburg (NY) Furniture Company, The Herrick Manufacturing
Company (Falconer, NY), The Brockton (NY) Furniture Company and the Crandall Panel Company (Brockton NY).
In just seventeen years, John Kling built up the organization to sales of approximately $3 million in 1928. His idea to have
each of the company plants specialize in a particular furniture style would make Kling Factories one of the nation's largest
volume producers of bedroom furniture. The 1929 stock market crash and the ensuing great depression hit furniture
manufacturers hard. In the depth of the depression in 1933, Kling Factories sales were reduced to $1.5 million due to price
deflation and lower volume, but the company was marginally profitable.
In 1934 John A. Kling died, leaving the responsibility of managing the company to his sons Arvid (President) and Denold (Vice
President). Arvid had considerable experience in the furniture business; he began working in the factory in 1911 at age 19 and
rose to be national sales manager. Denold, the younger brother, had been with the company since 1922. Through sound
business management, including the introduction of more affordable lines of furniture, the two brothers brought the company
through the depression while many Jamestown, N.Y. area furniture companies went bankrupt.
The period from 1947 to 1960 represents the peak of the Kling Factories in volume and quality reputation. Like many post war
ventures the company took off nationally and was aided by advertising in magazines such as House Beautiful and Better
Homes & Gardens. In 1955 Arvid Kling retired and his brother Denold took over as president. Denold's four sons entered the
family business and were assigned to responsible management positions. The company continued to expand the breadth of its
lines into the early 1960's.
In 1961, Denold Kling passed away. Kling Factories was sold in April 1962 to the Baumritter Corporation which later became
Ethan Allen Furniture. For many years Ethan Allen featured "Kling Colonial" and Kling brand products but eventually phased
out the use of the Kling name.
Kling Factories was a 51-year family business success story. It is also an example of how the hard work, dedication, and
special skills of European immigrants contributed to the dynamic and prosperous nature of the U.S. economy in the 20th
If you want to learn more about "Kling Furniture" Just Google it.