Thursday, May 15, 2014

We used to make things in this country. #152: The Honderich Furniture Company, Milverton, Ontario



I photographed this "Red Seal" cedar chest in a thrift store recently. It was made by the Honderich Furniture Company.

Christian R. Honderich and August Eidt founded the H.E. Furniture Company in Milverton, Ontario in 1911.  In 1917, they began to manufacture cedar chests.  The also made desks, book cases, coffee tables, and dining room suites.  The company officially became the Honderich Furniture Company in 1926.  It was sold to Messrs. Dow and Kirkham in 1967, who in turn sold it to Electrohome in 1969. Electrohome went under in the 1980's.  As for the town of Milverton, it's gone too, amalgamated in 1998 into Perth East township.
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10 comments:

Debbie G said...

We have a cedar chest made in Milverton, Ont with the actual red seal, not a burned in seal. Wondered what the age of it would be......

Unknown said...

Just found a red seal cedar chest, wondering how to find out how old it is. Thanks.

The Duke said...

Count the rings.

Unknown said...

My Grandfather worked there and we have some examples

Nothing is left of the company of closed in the early 70's . we use to go play in the remnants of the building until it wa torn down

Anonymous said...

I have a kitchen aide cupboard with a roll down front and a flour dispenser.
It was made by the H.E. Furniture co.
What age is it?

The Duke said...

I'm guessing it's older than you. Seriously, we're not experts. And were you never taught to say "please"?

Catie Hawryluk said...

Hello,
Today I had a locksmith unlock a cedar chest, which revealed a burnt in emblem "Honderich Furniture Co Limited"... accompanied by 'red seal' cedar chest. Is there any way of revealing the age and approximate value of this treasure? I'm excited and thank you in advance for any information...

The Duke said...

Sorry. All I know about the company is what you read in the post. You'd need access to old catalogues to date the piece, and they're usually up for sale at exorbitant prices on eBay or locked up in local museum archives. Still, enjoy your cedar chest, knowing they don't make them like that anymore.

Kelly said...

It's kind of neat to learn that my great aunt's cedar chest, which I inherited, is 91-100 years old. The metal crest that is nailed into the lid says HE Furniture Company. I had no idea it was that old. Thanks for posting about the company. Cheers to you!

Anonymous said...

Hi there I’m wondering if someone can help me I have a red seal chest as well. It has the insert. Does anyone know what the insert is made of and whether it was chemically treated?. I’ve heard different things from it’s made of asbestos to it’s chemically treated the same as a mothball which is why mine smells so badly does anyone know? If it isn’t what we would currently considered safe I would like to remove the insert which looks to be nailed in. Thank you for all your help