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MAKER

DESIGNER

LINE/COLLECTION

Accord

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

MATERIALS

Metal, Walnut

STYLE / PERIOD

DATE: Circa

Mid-20th Century

ABOUT

Oh my! If you could ever say X marks the spot for a piece of furniture…you can say it with this pair. Note the metal signature crosses in their tops and their fabulous asymmetric or staggered handles. These gorgeous chests are from the Accord collection produced in the mid-20th century by American of Martinsville and designed by Merton Gershun. One piece is the longer dresser which is comprised of a bank of three drawers next to three doors with cane inserts. One door opens to the left and the other two doors bi-fold open to the right revealing three interior drawers. This dresser alone is wonderful but paired with the matching bachelor’s chest, which has the same bank of three drawers as the dresser, and butted next to the doors, making it one extra long cabinet…it is nothing short of magnificent!

Not much was available online about Merton Gershun but his designs for American of Martinsville are incredible and speak to his talent as a furniture designer. He was born August 7, 1909 and passed on January 3, 1989. Although not as currently well-known as other mid-century modern designers, I feel his time is coming.

American of Martinsville was established in 1906 in Martinsville, Virginia by tobacco manufacturers, Ancil Witten and Charles Keesee. Early on they produced only bedroom furniture. In the 1920s they expanded their production to include dining room furniture and by the end of the 1950s were vast in their offerings in purpose and style. With the expansion of travel and roadside motels, they began offering a mass-produced line for the many motels popping up across the country and continued this through the end of the 20th century. In 2000 they were acquired by La-Z-Boy Incorporated and today specialize in furniture for the hotel and healthcare industries.

This incredible set of credenzas would be outstanding in a large entry, or a long wall in a living room, dining room or bedroom. However, they could always be used separately. You must make it yours!

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Handsome pair of chests from American of Martinsville and Merton Gershun’s Accord line of furniture with the signature X’s and asymmetric handles. One is the long walnut dresser with three drawers and cane doors and the second is the three-drawer bachelor’s chest. Two separate pieces but butted together make one long marvelous piece. We are pricing them as a set. Both are in wonderful restored condition. However, they are not without signs of age and use having an overall beautiful age patina which includes small nicks, scratches, and imperfections but nothing major. Please see photos. Circa mid-20th century.

Long Credenza:

  • Height – 31 Inches
  • Width – 62 Inches
  • Depth – 18.5 Inches
  • Weight – 161.3 Pounds

 

Short Credenza:

  • Height – 31 Inches
  • Width – 36 Inches
  • Depth – 18.5 Inches
  • Weight – 93.8 Pounds

 

Crated Size:

  • Height – 70 Inches.
  • Width – 68 Inches
  • Depth – 24 Inches
  • Weight – 355 Pounds

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