How do I Identify a Drexel Dining Chair?

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How do I Identify a Drexel Dining Chair?
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Drexel Heritage is an American furniture manufacturer that began in North Carolina in 1903. The Drexel dining chair comes in a wide variety of designs. The use of different classic designs, trendy styles, natural wood patterns, wood finish colours, and fabric colours and patterns has changed with the whims and fancies of Drexel customers--and yet, a Drexel dining chair will always stand out from the crowd.

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    Look for quality. Only choice hardwoods and rich fabrics are part of the creation of a Drexel dining chair. The natural patterns in the wood are used to enhance the designs. A tree branch knot can be the centrepiece for the back of a chair or the long lines of the tree rings may curve with the shape of the chair leg. The wood is carved and polished by hand until these patterns gleam. The fabrics are of rich material and patterns, and are stitched by hand with an attention to detail that compliments the expertise of the wood-shaping.

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    Know the designers. Drexel dining chairs are known as much for their designers as they are for their designs. Edward Wormley created the Drexel Precedent Line in 1947. Wormley was a cutting-edge designer who used the clean and simple lines of the Arts and Crafts tradition to create his pieces. Visit the R Gallery website (see References) to learn more about Edward Wormley's style and his contribution to American furniture design.

    Other famous Drexel designers include Stewart Macdougall and Kipp Stewart, who are known for their Declaration Line, and Barney Flagg for his Parallel Line.

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    Find the label. Drexel Heritage labels their dining chairs on the underside of the seat. The information included is the Drexel trademark, the name of the Drexel Line and the item number. It will be burnt, ink stamped or on a piece of paper stapled to the wood.

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