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Monday, August 15, 2011

Kent-Coffey Manufacturing Company

The Kent-Coffey Manufacturing Company was started in 1907 by Harold Coffey in Lenoir, North Carolina. Along with his friends, neighbors and competitors James Broyhill and John Bernhardt, he was one of the early leaders in establishing the North Carolina furniture industry in the early 1900s.

The Kent-Coffey collections of the 1950s and 1960s were solidly built and priced so the average consumer could afford them, resulting in their being very popular. The brand is experiencing a new surge of interest, as young MCM afficionados are beginning to become familiar with the name and add Kent-Coffey pieces to their growing collections.

Court records indicate that the Singer Company furniture division acquired the company in 1983. However, Singer's aggressive attempt to diversify broadly proved financially unsound, and the furniture division fairly soon went bankrupt.

From furnituremagazine.com and lexisone.com


Perspecta highboy
hotcoffeemodern.com

Nightstands from The Sequence collection
1stdibs.com

Dresser from The Tableau collection
ebay.com

Nightstands from The Continental collection
paperstreetantiques.com

The Wharton gentleman's chest
furnishmevintage.com

Town House triple dresser
midcenturymobler.com


Kent-Coffey furniture was always well marked, so it is easy to identify. Here are drawer markings from two of the collections.


The Wharton marking with Kent-Coffey logo
theculturalpsychologist.blogspot.com

Perspecta marking with Kent-Coffey logo
furnishmevintage.com


1957 print ads for the Goldenaire collection, celebrating the company's 100th anniversary, depict typical room settings of the era.


Master bedroom
ebay.com (Seller: whitemtnhowdy)

Father's room (not just twin beds...a whole room!)
ebay.com (Seller: whitemtnhowdy)

Teen room
ebay.com (Seller: whitemtnhowdy)

Guest room
ebay.com (Seller: whitemtnhowdy)


The Harold Coffey home in Lenoir, North Carolina, has been preserved as a bed and breakfast, which is called Sharon Elizabeth's.


The former Harold Coffey home in Lenoir, NC
pillowsandpancakes.com

77 comments:

  1. great info...i keep looking at kent coffey stuff on craigslist and local stores and remind myself that i will own a nice credenza or a dresser someday soon :)

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  2. Thanks for this. Love the design of "Nightstands."

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  3. Don't you love it when things are clearly marked? :)

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  4. I love Kent-Coffey! Recently, I was lucky enough to pick up The Tableau dresser, mirror and nightstand. I used the set to makeover my little home office. I've got some pics up on my blog here: http://www.atomicbetties.com/2010/12/makeover.html If anyone would like to see some of the pieces in action! My favorite part of the set is the mirror =)

    I dream of owning Perspecta some day! It literally makes my heart go pitter patter. Great post about a fabulous American designer!

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  5. @1950sarh: Yes, I was just thinking the same thing this morning. I wish all companies would mark their pieces that permanently. So many tags have come off over the decades or have been lost to reupholstering. It would make identification so much easier if all pieces had an indelible mark.

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  6. @Flo: I looked at your photos of the Kent-Coffey pieces you scored, and they're fantastic. I can't wait to read more of your posts!

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  7. I have a very old dressing table w/stool and adj. tilt mirror made by Kent-Coffey Co. I want to sell it, but don't know where to begin. It has to be at least 80-100 yrs old, for it came from great-grandmother. Can take pis's if anyone if interested.

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    1. Since Kent-Coffey started in 1907, your piece could easily be that old. I'd suggest contacting antique dealers in your area to see if they want to buy the piece outright or take it on consignment.

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  8. I just opened a google account. I am anonymous above w/old dressing table. If interested about kent-coffey vanity/dressing table, plese contact here. Thank You, Virginia.

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  9. I recently bought a Kent Coffey Perspecta dresser at the thrift store for $35! I originally thought of reselling it on CL, but love it so much that I'm thinking I'll keep it. But that means I'll have to start collecting the rest of the Perspecta pieces!

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    1. Perspecta is such a pretty line. I'd keep it too!

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  10. I just bought a complete bedroom set the Kent Coffey IMPRESSA series. I was looking online for more info on it but haven't found much. Any of you hear of this series?

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  11. I bought it all for $150 from an online ad

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    1. I'm not familiar with the Impressa series.

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    2. I have my parents' Impressa set which they purchased in the early 1960s. The set is white and moonstone (blue) and consists of the nine drawer dresser with mirror, tall chest of drawers with the drop-down writing table, a nightstand, the vanity and the double bed head and foot boards - AND the original brochure from the furniture store! The brochure touts the Impressa's smaller size, making it easier to fit into the smaller houses.

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    3. How fortunate you are to still have the set intact. It must mean a great deal to you.

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    4. i am the original owner of a KC Impressa bedroom set consisting of double bed , dresser, desk and night stand. it is antique white w/ gold trim. It was purchased new for me when i was 16 from the KC showroom at the LA Mart, in 1965. It was considered to be "Italian Provincial" in style as opposed to all of the french provincial that was usually purchased for teenage girls. I wanted to contact the impressa owners here but you are both anonymous.

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  12. I just picked up the apex bedroom set from Kent Coffey this weekend!

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    1. I just found your comment and then looked at your post about the set. It looks great in your bedroom!

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  13. Hello - Just looking for input & direction from some MCM experts... I purchased a bedroom set directly from an estate. The son said this was his parents bedroom set and it was purchasd in the 1940s. The back of the headboard has a Kent Coffey label "The Camellian". I have a double bed (headboard, footboard, side rails, & slats), 1 nightstand, vanity w/ stool and mirror, and 6 drawer dresser. The owner called it "blonde mahogany" (?). I am moving and need to sell the set. Trying to get some additional information about it to pass along. Its a neat look set with great lines. I appreciate any feedback, ideas, or suggestions. Thanks so very much!

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    1. I am not familiar with The Camellian series.

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  14. I bought the Townhouse set at an auction for 150.00! It has the full size bed, two nightstands, long dresser, and a 6 drawer chest of drawers. They all have glass tops I am not sure if they were bought that way original. I love the furniture.

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    1. What a great buy! Townhouse is lovely.

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  15. I just got a "Tableu" 9 drawer dresser and 5 drawer dresser along with a mirror. It needs a bit of touch-up. Any recommendations on the right stain or paint recommended for these pieces? We are going to use them in our daughter's room. Any recommendations are welcome. Thanks!

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    1. We always send our furniture out to be professionally refinished, so I'm afraid I can't be of any help to you.

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  16. I have a Kent-Coffey bedroom set, The Aberdeen. Any help as what it might be worth? 4 pieces, two dressers and two nightstands. I will send pictures if you wish. Thnaks. Steven

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    1. Steven, we haven't had that particular set at our store, so I don't know what it might be worth. That would vary by locales too. We're in Dallas, TX. Where are you?

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  17. Hi Everyone, I have 3 pieces of Kent Coffey, its the Amerasia Dresser, hutch & 1 night stand. Does anyone know where I could price this to sell? Thanks Deena

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    1. Your best bet would be to call a local dealer to find out what they're selling for in your area.

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  18. I have a complete Kent Coffey Impresa bedroom set includes two twin beds, long six drawer dresser with hanging mirror , high boy dresser with drop open desk , and two night stands in very good condition. Can anyone give me a value for selling it ?? Thanks

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    1. I would suggest calling a dealer in your area to find out what they're selling for there.

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  19. I just recently got married and my husband had this triple dresser that I was going to get rid of. I looked in the top drawer and saw the Kent-Coffey (Maringware) marking. Now I am trying to get the rest of the bedroom set. I found the tall chest and am purchasing it. I am having trouble finding a queen-size complete bed. Does anyone have any ideas as to where I can find it? Also, nightstands?

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    1. Your best bet is probably to set alerts on Craigslist and eBay.

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  20. Dear Dana,
    Finally, someone who knows about the three pieces I have inherited!
    They are Dauphine / "Kent Koffey" Dresser with 9 drawers & mirror, chest of drawers 5 drawer with middle drawer split in the middle with a center divider and then the side bed table all finished hard maple with Fruit-wood finish, Dove tailed with Honduras Mahogany drawer bottoms...( what a waist of such a beautiful wood) any way in that you know of this Master- Craftsman, I was / am hoping that you as well would know what they are worth so I can insure them properly!!! michael.mutschler@yahoo.com P.S. They are in excellent condition! Thank You ! Mike

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    1. Mike, our store is in the Dallas, Texas, and we specialize in modern design, so I really wouldn't have a guess about the value of a French Provencial style set like the Dauphine. Your best bet would probably be to check local antique malls, Craigslist or eBay. Value varies a great deal from one area to another, so even if I knew what the pieces might be worth in the Dallas, area, that wouldn't necessarily be the value where you live. Also, your insurance agent might be able to help.

      I've seen a few pieces of Dauphine on eBay in the white painted version, but a search of sold listings turned up nothing, so the pieces must not be getting any bids. You might be able to use eBay prices as a guideline, however.

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  21. I just acquired a 3 piece bedroom triple dresser; gentlemen's chest, and night stand, label inside reads Saratoga Kent Coffey.
    If any one can tell me what the mirror looked like, and about what it is worth?
    Thanks for any help.

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  22. I love your blog. This is a cool site and I wanted to post a little note to tell you, good job! Best wishes!!!

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    1. Thanks so much for that thoughtful comment. I hope you will become a regular reader here.

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  23. I picked up a set of Kent Coffey last weekend for $40 at an estate sale, I was so happy! It consisted of one long dresser, a highboy and 2 night stands. I have a question about the long dresser though.. its the Tableau line. The long dresser has 2 doors in the middle and when you open the doors there were drawers. and there are 3 drawers on each side of the doors. I have not able to find on like that on the internet.. can anyone tell me why? thanks!

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    1. I don't know why that would be, unless it was a very limited edition, and there aren't many left. Maybe readers will know more than I do.

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  24. I have a complete bedroom set that my mom purchased when she was 21 (approximately 1953). The stamp in each of the pieces is wore at the same spot like the stamp wasn't made correctly. I haven't been able to identify which line it is from I have the bed, night stand, tall dresser, and makeup vanity w/bench. I'd like to be able to identify it. Does anyone know where I can find out the information on it. Thank you

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    1. If you'll email me a picture of the stamp to dana@mid2mod.com maybe I can figure it out, even if it's just partial letters.

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    2. I'll do that. It's a beautiful set that I currently use. It's made of white oak, The bed was a full bed, but my parents bought new side rails and slats to make it a queen. I'll try to get picture and send it to you. Thank you.

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  25. C.Bowman (AKA) Anonymous from March 29th
    I just sent you a picture of the stamp from my phone. Thank you for trying to identify it for me.

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    1. I sent you an email. I couldn't find much, but I did determine that the name of the Kent-Coffey series is The Dreamette. I'll keep your email address and get in touch with you if I run across more information.

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  26. I just purchased the 9 drawer Kent Coffey Impact dresser, but haven't seen any pics on the Internet exactly like it. Do you know if it is a limited edition? It needs some work, but if it's worth it, I would have it professionally done. Thank you.

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    1. I don't know a great deal about the Impact series, except that I think it's an attractive style. I just looked to see if I could find any of that series on 1stdibs. While the prices on that site may not reflect what the average person could expect to sell a similar piece for, the site is a fairly good place to find out what's considered collectible and valuable. I mainly saw the Kent-Coffey Sequence line. If you are going to use the piece for yourself, you might consider professional restoration for aesthetic reasons, but if you're looking to add to resale value, I doubt that restoration would significantly increase the value of your dresser.

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    2. Thank you so much for your lightning fast response! I love 1stDibs, until I get a look at the prices. I also think the Impact series is attractive. It's really growing on me. I'm trying to peel the contact paper off the bottom of the drawers and really handling them closely. Very nice construction. I'm happy with my purchase!!

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  27. I just found a night table from the souverign collection for $5. It's pretty solid but the outside has some serious cosmetic issues. Any suggestions on how to fix it back up.

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    1. We use a professional to restore the pieces for our store. It takes talent to refinish furniture, and we don't have it. :)

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    2. Sadly, I don't either. ;) thank you, this has been a very informative blog

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  28. Hi! My in-laws have a Kent Coffey bedroom set that is called 'The Parkdale". I have not been able to find that set anywhere! It has 'chocolate mahogany' on the back of it. Have you ever seen this?

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    1. No, I'm not familiar with that series. Sorry!

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  29. Hi! I just realized that my nightstand is marked Kent Coffey Verona inside the drawer. I was getting ready to paint it, I bought it at Goodwill and it is painted in a gold underlay with a white crackle paint finish over that. Not sure if that's the original finish or if they painted it? Will it hurt the value if I paint over it?

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    1. Normally I'd warn against painting a vintage piece unless it's in such bad condition that it's impractical to try to salvage it (such as a piece that's been in a fire), since collectible pieces are more valuable when they're as close to original condition as possible. I'm not familiar with the Verona line, and since it's not a highly collectible series like Perspecta, and since it is already a gold and white painted piece, painting it probably won't affect its value.

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    2. Thanks so much for the quick reply!

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    3. You're welcome. Hope it was helpful!

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  30. I have recently acquired an amazing Mid Century Modern Set of furniture built in 1956. Building and trading industrial modern and MCM furniture has become a passion of mine lately!! I found this blog when doing research about the set. I thought you all might know some people that will appreciate this. Please checkout the ad on ebay to learn more about this amazing little piece of history I found. The art in the ad is sold separately but please inquire if you see something you like. Art displayed by: Tracy Otero Justin Angelos, Ray Vargas, Julian Francolino, Danny Schutt and myself!


    http://www.ebay.com/itm/281433078498?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649

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    1. Nice set! I especially like the little corner desk. Good luck selling it on eBay.

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  31. Hi Dana! We're looking at a dresser and nightstand set from the Kent Coffey "The Lancia" collection. It doesn't seem to be as popular as The Prospecta or other mid-Century collections. Can you tell me anything about this collection? I don't want to pay too much!

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    1. I really don't know much about that collection. I looked for photos of it and couldn't find any. Since that's the case, I doubt it is very popular, thus meaning it's not very valuable in terms of resale. If you're buying for yourself and love it, that's all that matters, but if you're thinking about flipping it, your money might be better spent on something else.

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  32. Thanks Dana! We sold the "Sequence" set to some friends. So glad it stayed all together and went to a couple that really loved it! Searching for next treasure now.

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  33. Has anyone ever heard of the bedroom set by Kent Coffey called "The Guilford?" I can not find any reference to it on the web in order to get a feel for what it may be worth, if anything. My husband and I are looking to buy something more modern for our bedroom and would like to sell it. I have the long dresser with mirror, a tall dresser and two end tables. They are mahogany and have a serpentine front. It looks more Victorian that mid-century modern. Also, does the stamp on the back refer to the year it was manufactured? All four pieces have the number "73" which I assume is 1973. Any help you can provide would be appreciated!

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    1. I'm not familiar with the more traditional styles. Maybe a reader will be able to help you.

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    2. We just inherited the same set ("The Guilford") and also am looking to see what it might be worth. I suspect it is older than 1973. My assumption is the 50's or 60's. Given the quality of the set, I think it is worth something assuming it is in good condition.

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  34. I have a night stand from the Kent Coffey "The Erect-On" Series. I have only been able to find a image of a 3 drawer dresser in this style. Was this not a popular style or a rare style? I love my night stand! Would like to at least know what the rest of the series looked like. Would maybe purchase one more piece........headboard? If anyone has info I'd appreciate it! Thanks!

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    1. I'm not familiar with that style. In fact, I had never heard the name before. I did find a photo of 2 black lacquered 3-drawer chests, but I have no idea what the rest of the series looked like or if the pulls in the photo are original. Maybe another reader will be able to help you.

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  35. Yes I saw those 3 drawer chests and the handles match my nightstand. The ever elusive "The Erect-On" Series! Maybe the name wasn't received well by the paying customers!
    Thank you very much!

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    1. I was kinda thinking the same thing about the name. Aside from the obvious sexual connotation, it also makes me think of Erector Set toys, neither of which seems conducive to selling furniture. I can't imagine how that name ever got approved. Do you think the marketing director was naive or trying to be provocative?

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  36. Does anyone know what a Perspecta without the glass on the doors and not including the original hardware would be worth. Overall, relatively in great condition.

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  37. TYPO Above
    Does anyone know what a Perspecta without the glass on the doors and not including the original hardware would be worth???

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    1. I'd guess that those missing parts would significantly lower the value, because essentially anyone who bought it would have to buy another one for parts. I'd probably list it on CL for $75-150.

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  38. I think I have a Perspecta credenza, table, and 4 chairs. Where should I look for the Kent Coffey mark?

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    1. Kent-Coffey pieces are usually prominently marked. Look inside the drawers of the credenza.

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  39. I recently inherited my mother's Kent Coffey bedroom suite. It if the French provincial line - Charmant. I need to replace 3 of the hardware pulls. Does anyone know who manufactured the hardware? The pulls have 2 1/2" centers. I can provide a picture if needed.

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    1. I think your best bet may be to get an app that searches Craigslist around the country for any sale of Charmant pieces and see if the seller would be willing to replace his hardware and sell you the original pulls. I'm sure those pulls have been out of production so long that finding out who originally made them wouldn't help you much.

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