Jamestown Lounge Company of Jamestown, New York was founded in 1888 by four partners. They first manufactured, obviously from their name, only lounges. These were long armless, backless, upholstered pieces with a hard roll at one end…what my mother always called a “fainting couch”. They soon added other box couches and convertible sofa beds leading into full manufacturing of all kinds of case and upholstered goods. They are famous for their Feudal Oak line introduced in the 1930s which was produced for decades. In the 1950s designer Jack van der Molen helped keep them in the public’s eye and homes with his “Americana Casual” line plus others. They were sold in 1978, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1982, and closed in 1983.

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