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Does “Baker Furniture” Have A Good Resale Value? How Can You Identify Baker Furniture?

Baker Furniture Company

Baker Furniture has a reputation that exceeds most luxury furniture companies. The name recognition of the company reigns pretty high amongst baby boomers and even some millennials.

Many of our clients favor the brand because their parents also thought so highly of it. Baker tends to stay in families, and like Kittinger Furniture, tends to find homes with high end clients.

But just what makes Baker Furniture so special?
How can you identify Baker Furniture?
Does Vintage Baker Furniture have a good resale value?
What is the history of Baker Furniture Company?

In this article, we attempt to unravel this American Furniture Company, Baker Furniture!

How to Identify Baker Furniture?

Baker Furniture Baker Furniture might be hard to identify on first sight.

Vintage Baker Furniture has had a multitude of world wide influences since their beginnings in Michigan in the early 1900’s.

Therefore, there really are a multitude of signature looks made by Baker Furniture.

Since their beginning, Baker Furniture has collaborated with numerous international cutting-edge designers.

Yet, Baker also collected a vast collection of antique furniture from the past for their design team to study.

This combination of forward-moving design and deep appreciation of the past has kept Baker current and at the top of its field for high end furniture for many years.

Indeed, Baker Furniture

  • Was founded by a Dutch founder
  • First introduced Chinese Modern furniture to Americans with their “Far East Collection”
  • Developed a line devoted to 18th Century Scottish and English Style Furniture
  • Dabbled in French Provincial Styles in the 1960s and 1970’s
  • Had Danish Designers Finn Juhl and T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings lead a cutting edge Mid Century Modern Line in the 1960’s
  • Developed the Charleston Collection to celebrate the old South furniture of Charleston, South Carolina

Truly Baker Furniture is an international company! The many designs and models of Baker Furniture have allowed the company to evolve over the years. This has proven very successful for the high end furniture company.

By the 1950’s, Baker Furniture reached a milestone of a $5,000,000 company. Today, Baker Furniture continues to produce incredible upholstered furniture and accent pieces for homes across the country.

Baker Furniture Markings

There have only been a few different variations of the Baker Furniture Markings over the years. Baker Furniture Logo

So identifying Baker Furniture with the different tags and styles can help determine the date of the furniture. However, many designs for the Baker label overlapped in years.

Baker Furniture Marks
These Furniture labels belong to

The crown and Tulip motif figures in a few different iterations of the Product tag. The crown signifies tradition, while the tulip signifies Dutch craftsmanship and is a nod to the company’s founder.

Where is Baker Furniture manufactured?

Baker Furniture started outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. For most of the company’s history, they were located there or within the Grand Rapids vicinity.

Of course, Baker Furniture cannot be discussed without discussing the original setting of their company.

During the second half of the 19th century, Grand Rapids became a huge lumber processing center, fueled by the harvest of dense forests in the region. This helped other furniture companies besides Baker grow as well, including John Widdicomb Furniture Company. Grand Rapids gained the nickname “Furniture City” during this period.

However, in 2006, Baker moved all of their plants to High Point, North Carolina. Baker Furniture is one of the few remaining American-made Furniture companies.

Baker’s move of all operations to High Point in 2006, North Carolina likely had to do with their greater emphasis on upholstered goods. (And probably tax and cost savings.)

Baker Furniture Company History (A Brief History)

Firstly, Baker Furniture started in the late 1890’s as a door and interior trim company in a town a few miles west of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The founder, Siebe Baker was an immigrant from the Netherlands. A hard worker who saw opportunity, Siebe transitioned just a few years later into a furniture company by making his first desk bookcase combination in 1893.

By 1910, Siebe’s son Hollis, joined the company as a salesman. And by 1927, the name changed to Baker Furniture Factories, Inc.

From that point forward, Baker Furniture Company switched ownership quite a few times.

In 1929, Peck and Hills purchases the company from Hollis Baker. Yet by 1934, Hollis bought it back after Peck and Hills went bankrupt.

Baker Furniture and Their Museum of Antiques

Baker Furniture Table In 1941, Baker established a Museum for Furniture Research in Grand Rapids, under Hollis’ direction. Hollis Baker displayed his private collection of over 1,500 unique antique furniture pieces from the 16th through the 20th centuries (More about Baker’s antique furniture collection.)

At this time, it was one of the largest private collections in the world.

Of course, Baker aimed to introduce his designers to a varied pool of inspiration with this museum. (Some of this collection was later culled by an auction house.)

French, Italian, American, Oriental and English pieces were included in the collection.

Personally, I think this devotion to the classic English antiques, American Furniture and European and Asian artifacts also helped Baker’s success. Certainly, you can only learn and experiment with design once you have mastered the rules of the past.

During the late 1940’s through 1967, Baker also experienced a great period of expansion. They decided during this period to purchase other Grand Rapids Furniture manufacturers, including William-Kimp Furniture, Grand Rapids Chair Company, Barnard & Simonds Company and Kozak Studios.

However, the family decided to let go of the company by the end of the decade. In 1969, Baker Furniture sold to another company, Magnavox Incorporated.

A few years later, in 1972, Baker merged with two other companies to form Baker, Knapp & Tubbs to lead a showroom network. To this day, this alliance remains one of the largest wholesale distributors in the industry.

In 1986, Baker Furniture sold once again to Kohler Company. Kohler continues to operate the company today.

Baker Furniture Styles

As mentioned previously, Baker constantly adapted and introduced new lines of furniture styles to the public. Baker Furniture

Below is a summary of some of the Baker Furniture styles you may encounter. (We will delve into the notable ones separately.)

  1. Far East Collection by Baker Furniture
  2. Danish Modern Baker Furniture (under Finn Juhl)
  3. Milling Road Label (a less expensive Furniture line by Baker)
  4. French Provincial Baker Furniture
  5. Woburn Abbey Furniture by Baker (English style furniture)
  6. The Charleston Collection Baker Furniture
  7. Alessandro Collection Baker Furniture (Designed by Alessandro Gambrielli Gambalogna)
  8. Stately Homes Collection Baker Furniture
  9. McMillen Collection
  10. Barbara Barry Collection
  11. Colonial Williamsburg by Baker

Far East Collection

Adaptations of Chinese modern furniture, Baker introduces the Far East Collection in the 1949. Many of the designs were designed by Michael Taylor. Groundbreaking for the era, Baker is often credited for bringing Modern Chinese styles to this hemisphere.

Danish Modern Baker Furniture

Baker took a brave step in bringing Finn Juhl and T.H. Robesjohn-Gibbings as designers. During the 1950s through the 1960s, their Mid Century Modern designs flourished and brought new taste to the American company. The streamlined and optimistic looks were embraced by many Post War Americans. The futuristic looks broke with tradition for Baker.

Milling Road Furniture

Milling Road Furniture offers casual style furniture as an alternative to many of Baker’s more formal looks. In 1957, when Baker acquired Grand Rapids Chair Co, they started producing Milling Road as a more affordable line. Indeed, Milling Road continues to this day. Still quite elegant, you may see some more simplified forms and less inlay on Milling Road Furniture.

French Provincial Furniture by Baker

French Provincial furniture by Baker made an appearance in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Their signature quality and style paired with adventurous adaptations of French furniture. Oak and oak style furniture often had flower carvings on the edges and a medium brown finish.

Woburn Abbey

Baker looked to inspiration of the Duke of Bedford and his grand home for this line of Woburn Abbey Baker Furniture, started in 1969. As such, elegant regency style furniture dominated this collection. Many tables and accent pieces featured beautiful burl wood and line inlay.

The Charleston Collection by Baker

Baker Furniture Charleston Collection The perennially popular Charleston Collection by Baker features high end looks inspired by the Old South’s and South Carolina’s capital. Swanky inlaid woods and beautiful Federal inspired pieces grace these very sought after design, which started in 1979. The Palm Tree is stamped in the Charleston Collection brass tag. Baker Furniture

Alessandro Collection

Always on the edge of the trends, Baker introduced a partnership with designer Alessandro Gambrielli Gambalogna in 1979 through the mid 1980’s. Of course, Alessandro sought to elevate approximately 25 “avant garde” furniture pieces into the furniture collection. The European Designer added interesting finishes and hand painting to his works of art.

Stately Homes Collection

Also still in production today is Baker’s Stately Homes Collection. This traditional collection has its roots in the castles in Europe and Russia. Of course, an English Baronet, Sir Humprey Wakefield has consulted Baker on this collection since the inception of the Stately Homes Collection in 1980. His supervision helps to reproduce these elegant furniture staples for mass market.

McMillen Baker

McMillen is a design firm in New York City that was founded in 1924. Their collaboration with Baker helped to bring traditional furniture to a larger market. With Chippendale influences, many McMillen furniture pieces have overlay patterns and deep mahogany finishes. French and English Furniture also inspired the collection.

Barbara Barry Collection

Barbara Barry is a Southern California designer. Her laid back California style influenced her partnership with Baker. Clean lines and comfortable living inspired by nature abound in this collection. Thus, the Barbara Barry Collection continues to offer quiet neutral upholstered furniture for modern families today.

Colonial Williamsburg Collection

When Kittinger Furniture lost their license with Colonial Williamsburg (CW line) in 1990, Baker took its place. Of course, Colonial Williamsburg Collection adapted and reproduced fine antiques from Virginia’s capital.

Baker Furniture – Resale Value

Vintage Baker Furniture tends to keep some of its value, as far as used furniture values go. Like many things, furniture tends to lose more than 30% of the value after any amount of use, and the market for antiques and vintage furniture has been suppressed in many ways.

However, there are devoted followers of Baker Furniture. The Charleston Collection, in particular, tends to draw many “oohs and ahs” from clients who love the formal traditional looks of Baker. The Stately Homes Collection, too, seems to have a host of devoted followers.

On the other hand, some of the other vintage collections by Baker may also have great markets in the resale situation.

Mid Century bookshelves and Regency style credenzas by Baker can really complete a hip Mid Century Home. Indeed, these pieces seem to find a frenzy of buyers… in the right market. These trendy pieces tend to find a great audience in the cities, and with younger buyers enamored of the true Mid Century Furniture.

Baker Furniture Company : An American (and International) Company

In conclusion, Baker Furniture continues to impress many people with its history and diversity. In many ways, the company demonstrates a chameleon-like ability to adjust and adapt to different styles and trends.

Of course, we can count on Baker to continue to produce exciting, fresh and up-to-date furniture of lasting quality. If it’s Baker Furniture, it likely will endure. Or at least come back in style in a few decades. 😉

Thank you for inviting us into your High End Home!

Rachel LaBoheme
Fine Furniture

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26 thoughts on “Does “Baker Furniture” Have A Good Resale Value? How Can You Identify Baker Furniture?

  1. Hi! I have acquired a Baker Round Federal Inlaid Mahogany Lamp Table. I originally purchased it for about $5-10 from one of my college classmates about 5 years ago, not knowing what it was, but thinking it was beautiful!

    It definitely has some wear and tear to it, but it’s still a solid piece with the metal Baker Furniture seal inside one of the drawers.

    I’m wondering if there’s any way to restore the top, or remove water rings?

    1. Hi Sarah, the quick answer is try “howards -restore-finish” sold at lowes or home depot in the paint department, easy to use. otherwise you will nreed to strip the old finish off and apply a new one.

  2. I acquired a baker Council table the drawer has the Baker tag in it and underneath has the Tulip marking with the numbers 7574 3208 on it. Wondering if anybody can tell me anything about this

    1. Hi Dustin, Im guessing that you may mean you acquired a “Baker Furniture” console table? council is a term used by another brand “Councill” or by “Council Craftsmen” also a collection of fine craftsmen. But a hall table by Baker furniture with tags will have value if it is in pristine condition only. on the retail market if it is a reproduction Virginia piece or South Carolina Charleston Collection banded mahogany item. In rough or blemished condition at auction expect about $50 to $200. Retail about $300 to $800 depending on the style.

  3. I have what appears to be a baker classical pine curio without gilt. I have seen two of them for sale on Etsy and cherish but those have gilt on them. Mine is identical to those except it doesn’t have gilt. Is mine an imitation piece? And if so is it worth anything? I can’t find pictures of the one I have anywhere.

    1. Hi Daisey, does your Baker furniture cabinet have a label? If there is no label, it is hard to say it is a true Baker piece. When we have a piece that we are pretty certain is made by a manufacturer but it is missing a label, we generally say, “attributed to (the company).” Many manufacturers had similar lines and even very close models of furniture, so without the label, you really should not definitively say it is Baker Furniture. As far as value, without the label, as you might have guessed, it really has a very reduced value. Likely 50% of what you might see by Baker, although that also depends on condition. I hope that helps! Thank you for writing!

  4. Hi there, I have a beautiful Baker Coffee Table, online I found the description and picture of my table but of course no price info unless you sign up.. This is an exquisite walnut burl wood coffee table by Baker Furniture. The table features a gorgeous rectangular top framed in cross-banding with highly-figured walnut panels, delicately-shaped shoulders and straight legs that gracefully taper into pad feet. A Baker Furniture badge is affixed to the underside.The stylish contours of this rectilinear table is a wonderful illustration of why, for nearly three centuries, the Queen Anne style has retained its esteem for simplicity and grace and continues to compliment well-appointed traditional spaces.The table is in excellent vintage condition with a few scratches from gentle use.Product Information :Dimensions: 41.5″ W x 30″ D x 17″ HBrand: Baker Furniture

    Any ideas? I also have Alma Furniture Company mahogany desk, matching file cabinet and credenza, these items are so well made a weigh a ton, but no one seems to want this kind of furniture anymore.

    1. Hello Rita, Without seeing your Baker coffee table I will give you our opinion. In our store we would expect to put a price of about $500 to $600 on a high quality coffee table like you mentioned, but in perfect condition, we must stress that a few scratches means it can no longer be described as excellent, at least not in our store. Selling online is actually expensive as well as you would pay a venue 20-30% commission even with a well established account. As a fast sale in todays market on Facebook or craiglist type site I would expect $100 to $300. We have tips on selling furniture here

  5. I have a baker/peck and hills dinning table and chairs with buffet the table and chairs have 188 marked on them and ronin number vll 0n it. What or where can I find value of it

    1. Hi Dino, the value would be based on the condition and your own ability to sell the Dining room table, in mint like new condition on a place like facebook maybe try and ask about $800. On a site like chairish you may ask more at times but you would pay out 20% plus or minus commission. Condition is everything, selling at auction is hit or miss and much higher commissions at times. Sorry I dont have a better answer. Here is a link to a page we have about how to sell furniture

  6. I have a Baker dresser with the pull out vanity top. I want to sell it but am scared i dont know what its worth. Whos the best to talk to?

    1. Best to find one similar on ebay or chairish, but look thru the sold listings for a fair price not just listed ones. The condition matters in pricing as well as your ability to ship or deliver the item to someone. Try a local auction house. Don’t be scared any price realized is better than sitting in storage. Valuable Baker pieces are numbered with metal tags. A good local dealer near you will find it at auction.

  7. I have a table that resembles a Bakers barley twist coffee table, but it doesn’t have any markings that I see.
    It looks identical, but I’m not convinced.
    The wood is light, like cane wood, but glass and brass is not.
    I need an expert

  8. I have purchased from consignment, a Baker 4-door credenza. Is there anywhere on the Web where one can go through old Baker catalogues? Would love to be able to more accurately date it.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Lee! Unfortunately, the only way is to purchase vintage furniture catalogs. I use ebay to source them for research. Baker Furniture Catalogs were plentiful back in the day, so you might need to buy a couple. Thanks for writing!

  9. I am considering buying a table that has been identified as a Baker table. However, I could find no markings underneath the table. How can I be sure it is truly a Baker dining table?

    1. Hi Ramona! Really, the only way to identify Baker Furniture is through their tags, and markings. You can gain more certainty if you were to dig up a few vintage catalogs by Baker Furniture in order to compare the pieces carefully. Otherwise, if the owners have an original receipt and other Baker pieces, that usually can satisfy you, or another buyer later on, that it truly is a Baker table. I hope that helps a little bit! Thanks for writing!

  10. I have a Woburn Abbey Regency Bookcase in perfect condition. How do I sell it. I am in nyc.

    1. Hi Gail! I would say, first start with this article for the basics: It will give you some ideas as to what is entailed in selling your furniture.
      I would say you may have the best luck with ebay or Chairish for your bookcase. Take great photos and help by providing local shipping companies! I am sure you will find your bookcase a new home in short order!
      Best of luck with it!

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