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What happened to Pennsylvania House Furniture? (We have the Scoop!)

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About Pennsylvania House Furniture

Pennsylvania House used to be a household name in the fine furniture business.

Their fine cherry, oak, and maple furniture graced homes across the country.

Indeed, many people furnished their living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms with fine furniture all bought over time from Pennsylvania House.

Today, no new Furniture Retailer in the country carries their lines. In the years since 2005, the name brand was bought and sold a few times by larger corporations, including La-Z-Boy and Universal Furniture.

Essentially, in this day and age, the only way to purchase Pennsylvania House furniture is through:

  • Vintage stores
  • Used furniture stores
  • Thrift stores
  • Fine consignment shops
  • Online antique stores
  • Craigslist Furniture Section
  • eBay Stores



Pennsylvania House Furniture History

Many people are surprised to learn of the age of the company and the Pennsylvania House Furniture history.

In 1887, the company formed a small workshop-style factory in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Lewisburg is about 60 miles north of the capital of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, PA). Of course, Pennsylvania, as translated as “Penn’s woods” had many dense and old growth forests.

Thus, the early Pennsylvania House company took advantage of this natural resource. Nearly 90% of all their wood came from within 100 miles of their workshops. Indeed, Lewisburg has earned the nickname of the “Cherry Capital of the World.”

Pennsylvania House Furniture These old growth woods served as a huge asset to Pennsylvania House. Their case furniture, including bookcases, dressers, and dining room tables utilized these old growth cherry trees as their base. From the 1930’s through the 1970’s, their cherry furniture gained huge popularity from the middle and upper classes. Certainly, their maple wood furniture, walnut furniture and even pine furniture found homes across the country as well.

People recognized the quality and density of their lines and they admired the classic and traditional styles. However, Pennsylvania House offered many styles of furniture. Eventually, they expanded their offerings from the Classic Colonial styles to reproduction Victorian pieces, and even a line of streamlined “Modern” furniture in order to remain current in all parts of the country.

At this point in history, American workers and craftsman proudly made each piece domestically within the Lewisburg factories.

As one of their early Furniture Catalogs states,

“In a world committed to shortcuts, Pennsylvania House still takes the time.
Because we’ve got some very strong ideas about quality and value.
We’re old fashioned enough to believe that the things people make should be made to last.
And our things do.”

Certainly, this sums up the Pennsylvania House ethos.


Globalism Causes US Domestic Furniture Companies to Struggle… and Collapse

Like many American companies, a new global marketplace challenged domestic furniture companies.

By the 1990’s and 2000’s, Pennsylvania House struggled dismally to compete with the low prices of furniture imports. Of course, as China and Mexico grew their manufacturing systems and developed their economies, American companies struggled to compete on price.

As workers from the bottom-up felt the pinch, sales and profits decreased across the board. Middle Class America faced a deep decline. The Post War economy that had boomed and flourished now fizzled and people lost their jobs and pay.

Once an affordable staple, now solid wood furniture found itself a dead genre or an absurd luxury for most middle class Americans. Pennsylvania House Quality

By 2005, La-Z-Boy purchased the remains of Pennsylvania House. By the end of that year, they moved the entire production of PA House furniture overseas. La-Z-Boy treasurer, Mark Stegman, did not take this move lightly. He realized full well that this move would mean the loss of 450 jobs in the Lewisburg area.

At that time, even he and his staff signed a US petition to impose duties on furniture imports from China. However, he said the duties approved by the U.S. government were too low to make a difference anyway, according to this article in The Morning Call by Kurt Blumenau. Mark Stegman stated, “We were one of the few companies that stood up and went to bat for our employees.”


Pennsylvania House and Universal Furniture

Although La-Z-Boy attempted to salvage the popular designs and brand name of Pennsylvania House, apparently their move to produce overseas did not appease old customers and fans.

Likely, the poor quality of this “new” Pennsylvania House furniture did not satisfy their former clients. Indeed, high quality solid wood furniture attracted people to the brand originally. New customers likely saw no difference between the “new” Pennsylvania House and cheaper alternatives made in factories across China.

PA House furniture In other words, “Pennsylvania” was taken out of Pennsylvania House.

By 2007, just a few years later, La-Z-boy sold the rights to the name to another company, Universal Furniture.

Sadly, Universal too struggled with the Pennsylvania House name and brand.

Today, the Universal Furniture website makes no mention of the Pennsylvania House brand. Nor, do they use any logos, stamps or insignia. A search on their site produces a selection of dressers, beds and nightstands, yet they seem to bear little resemblance to vintage Pennsylvania House furniture.

For all intents and purposes, true Pennsylvania House Furniture only exists on eBay, in an occasional Craigslist furniture for sale ad or at an antique store.


PA House Styles, Finishes and Woods

As mentioned earlier, Pennsylvania House has a great reputation for classic, Colonial styles. Indeed, these timeless styles included Queen Anne Dining room sets, classic highboy dressers with solid brass hardware, and beautiful poster beds. Typically, Queen Anne and Chippendale styles dominated the production lines.

Pennsylvania House Value We have sold numerous vintage dining room sets and occasional pieces by PA House. The appeal of Early American Furniture remains strong for many buyers today. Pennsylvania House made most of these vintage dining room sets in solid cherry. And they offered elegant dark glossy finishes, satiny red finishes, or a more muted brown finish in cherry.

Additionally, the company offered Country Colonial styles. You might see the name Pennsylvania House on step back hutches, Windsor style chairs and drop leaf tables. From time to time, you will see a simple rush seat chair set made by the company.

Many times, we sold dining room hutches with reproduction “bubble glass.” The curved glass on these vintage cabinets gives the impression of an antique cabinet. These more informal styles by Pennsylvania House still used traditional design cues and high quality woods in their creation. Pennsylvania House Furniture Vintage

Of course, maple and oak gained some popularity in the 1960’s as a durable and lighter alternative to cherry. A charming knotty pine line by Pennsylvania House also gained a foothold in certain regions, as lighter finishes gathered a following in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Although not as popular as cherry PA House furniture, these collections do pop up from time to time.


Alternative Furniture Styles

Another unexpected style of Victorian influenced furniture by Pennsylvania House occasionally find their way into antique shops as well. Of course, Victorian Pennsylvania House likely features carved floral and leaf hardware and some teardrop carvings along the sides. In many respects, this Pennsylvania House Victorian variety was more of an adaptation of Victorian styles, rather than an exact reproduction. Indeed, the Victorian bedroom sets from Pennsylvania House look decidedly 1970 rather than 1870.

Finally, in an attempt to add a bit of contemporary edge to their furniture, Pennsylvania House made a short-lived line of Danish-inspired designs in the 1960’s. This rare style often features bookcase headboards and more streamlined case pieces. Mid Century Modern furniture by Pennsylvania house has less of a following, but occasionally you can find this line at vintage shops and online stores.


PA House Furniture Values

Pennsylvania House furniture values can fluctuate like any other market. Obviously, trends can have a lot to do with the value of any given vintage furniture piece at any given time.

Currently, we see a slow but steady return to traditional styles (take a look at our article on Bohemian style for an introduction) as a trend. Of course, this could mean that Pennsylvania House will find increasing demand on the resale market.

Pennsylvania House Sofa Personally, I see Pennsylvania House Furniture as a great investment for any family home. Their bedroom sets and dining room sets typically have durable finishes that have lasted for decades. Similarly, the formal sofas and wing chairs by Pennsylvania House have great frames and durable foam that seems to hold up to years of living room use.

Certainly, finding the right buyer in the furniture industry takes a bit of work and research (Check out The Ultimate Guide to Selling Antiques and Used Furniture for a start). However, because Pennsylvania House had a great following, many people have familiarity with the brand.


What to Look for in Pennsylvania House furniture?

As always when shopping for used furniture, you may have questions about what to look for in Pennsylvania House furniture for sale.

Certainly, seeing the brand mark on the inside of the drawer, back of the headboard or underneath the seat cushion can provide reassurance of quality. Pennsylvania House typically did not use brass or paper tags. Instead, they burned their mark inside the drawers. Thus, you can be sure that it was truly manufactured by the Lewisburg Company. Pennsylvania House value

However, foremost when purchasing any used furniture, condition matters. While most Pennsylvania House furniture will come from fine homes and last generations, it is important to check for major flaws and defects.

If old wood furniture is not cared for, it can warp, split or rot. For instance, furniture kept in storage units without climate control can suffer splitting sides and cupping. Keep your eyes open for this type of damage on dining room tables and tall chest of drawers.

Secondly, mold and mildew might appear on furniture kept in closed storage. If you can, take a close look at the feet and legs. These areas can suffer the most if kept on cold concrete floors in basements or storage units.

Pennsylvania House Furniture for saleIn dealing with Queen Anne dressers or Queen Anne servers, long elegant legs can get loose over time. Especially if people drag or push their furniture around while vacuuming, these tall-legged pieces can suffer. Although fixable, this flaw in vintage furniture can make it worth less on the market. You will need some long clamps and some time to fix a loose Queen Anne leg.

Finally, finish issues and blemishes on vintage furniture can be an eyesore. Check to see if any deep scratches or heat rings cloud the tops of Pennsylvania House tables, china cabinets and vintage end tables.


Pennsylvania House Company

Although sadly not in business anymore, many people still have the chance to enjoy the incredible craftsmanship and beauty of vintage Pennsylvania House furniture. These high quality, solid wood pieces from the “Golden Years” of the company’s history will remain an excellent choice for modern homes.

We honor the Pennsylvania House company, as residents of the state and as resellers only a couple hours away from Lewisburg, PA. Pennsylvania House chairs

Certainly, our clients who have purchased furniture made by Pennsylvania House Company have great satisfaction with their choices.

We hope that you consider purchasing a piece of Pennsylvania House for your home when decorating in the future, perhaps to add to your collection, or to start a new journey with fine furniture.

With the beautiful timber, traditional styles and incredible craftsmanship, vintage Pennsylvania House will defy the fast and wasteful “throw-away” culture of today. Certainly, American made furniture from Pennsylvania House remains valuable and stylish today.

Thank you for inviting us into your Interior decorating world!

Rachel LaBoheme – Bohemian Furniture


102 thoughts on “What happened to Pennsylvania House Furniture? (We have the Scoop!)

  1. Where can I purchase hardware for my Pennsylvania House occasional table? It has three drawers and one of the handles broke? Thank you.
    Donna Guerriero

    1. Lowes or Home depot but you would need to buy three so they match. Im sorry but i dont know of anyone selling original PA House drawer pulls. Walmart has some drawer pulls in the hardware dept as well.

  2. Back in the 60’s, we purchased a Pennsylvania House secretary desk and chair at a furniture factory in North Carolina. The chair is stamped but I have not been able to find a stamp for the desk. The flat desk writing surface folds up to the top at an angle. It has small nobs on each side for lowering the writing surface. When opened, it has small open compartments for storing envelopes, etc. It has one drawer beneath the writing surface. Is it possible that the desk is not a authentic Pennsylvania House product? I will be downsizing to a one story villa in October of this year and intend to sell the desk and chair, but I do not want to misrepresent the desk in the process. Thank you.

    1. Dear Paul,
      As far as I know, Pennsylvania House used an engraved stamp inside drawers or on the back of case pieces. I have not seen a paper label that was not accompanied by the more permanent maker’s mark. However, if you did purchase the desk and chair together and they seem to be a match, it would be a good idea to use the words “attributed to Pennsylvania House” when you advertise your desk. I would also say that most solid wood cherry furniture from North Carolina of that era was made very well and is of good quality. So even if it is not made by Pennsylvania House, it will be a great desk for its new owner. Best of luck with your downsizing! Thanks for writing.

    2. I bought a good size chest of drawer today in charity shop in United Kingdom,its a beatiful vintage looking solid piece. There is a stamp in one of the drawer with Ph logo as provided above in your article. The chest of drawer is in very good condition. Unfortunately, I am unable to find more information about this. There are also a two stamps on back side and one of them looks like serious number. Is the PH furniture had a serious number for every piece they made?I am interested to know if my piece is the original one and how shall I find out more. Thank you for any advise.

      1. Hi Adela, The numbers on the back have a code that gives the factory date information, delivery, builders etc info. Nothing that really makes any specific piece more or less valuable, the pieces are not numbered like a custom furniture maker. The article is all the info we have on the company and we live and sell in Pennsylvania. If you have a specific question or need specific information please feel free to ask and we will try our best to answer your question. Some of our current customers have worked for the company.
        Thank you for your comment.
        Greg J
        Ebohemians.com

        1. Thank you for you reply. The number is 11 3422 2 84 on back side of sideboard. I can also supply an images, if you would like to have a look and provide me your email address. I am interested to know, when the sideboard was made (year) , which wood they used and also what is circa the value of the particular piece (or original cost of this item), lets say in very good condition from second hand. Any your help will be appreciated.

          1. Hello Adela,
            My email is rachel@ebohemians.com, look forward to your photo. Thank you, Rachel Feldberg

    3. LeBrun Furniture Company in North Carolina was a family owned business that copied {ennsylvania House wood, finishes and styles. I have some of their furniture and it is outstanding. So any piece that seems to be Penn House and isn’t stamped could be LeBrun. I don’t know what happened to LeBrun but I’m sure they don’t exist anymore.

      1. Thank you Paul for your input. I have not heard of LeBrun but will myself try and research them. Great furniture no matter who makes it, thanks again.

  3. My husband and I moved into a smaller place since the children are all married. I wanted some nice new furniture. I soon stumbled upon this beautiful Pennsylvania House sofa and it looks like it’s brand new. So comfortable and I love the look. Shame they are no longer in business.

    1. Enjoy the sofa, very nice quality.

  4. I purchased a bedroom set in 2003 at a store named Wolf furniture in PA. It is attractive, expensive and appeared to be of high quality. The inside drawer of the chest and dresser has the stamped Pennsylvania House and PH logo, however the back of the furniture stated it was made in China. Would this be considered authentic PH furniture?

    1. Vintage Pennsylvania House was made in Pennsylvania. The name and company was sold and is now made in Asia, the name has been changed to Universal but the early imports still carried the PA House name and labels. It is PA HOUSE furniture just made overseas. Still carried a high price tag and made well but in my opinion very pretty but of different quality as in the past. The newer stuff has a very attractive modern finish. The older stuff had that very hard wood, dense and was naturally heavy. If you put each next to each-other for inspection you probably would say something like – wow they just dont make things like they use too anymore. But you still would most likely still choose the modern finish you have now.

  5. In the late 60’s I was a manager of the Shillington, Pa. suburban store of Zeswitz, Inc., in Reading, Pa. Our suburban store was a “Pennsylvania House Showroom Store” and we carried everything they made, along with a full line of Frigidaire, and Maytag appliances, and the complete line of Magnavox TV’s and stereos. In order to qualify as a “Showroom” store, Pennsylvania House required us to take a two day tour of the factory in Lewisburg, and take a two week class in interior decorating. They were very proud of their reputation, and in my opinion, deservedly so. Their quality back then was unsurpassed. As I look back at it now, it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life, dealing with first class people and the clientele that appreciated true quality. It’s a sad commentary on our current society that an institution like this has disappeared.

    1. You are right Ken. Sadly this week we learned Heritage Home Group filed for bankruptcy(henredon,thomasville,drexel)

    2. Totally agree. I appreciate furniture that has endured and survived. Sadly, my children do not seem to share this outlook but want “everything to match” even though expensive and “cheaply made” 😢🤐

  6. This makes me beyond sad to read. Most of my furniture is Ph and Drexel. Married 34 years. My furniture looks like the day I bought it. Of course from all the moves has tear and wear but sturdy and in great condition. I plan on passing it on to my children one day. Like an heirloom.

    1. We are also sad Ana, but maybe the great furniture will become more appreciated and sought after. Your fine furniture heirloom more valuable.Nothing compares in today’s mass furniture market.

  7. I have a slant front PH secretary and I cannot get the front to open when I pull out the supports ( I cannot pull out the supports and they seem to be locked). I bought the piece from an estate sale. Is there a key that I can get to open the front of the secretary?

    1. Hi Myra,
      The supports may be jammed inside with papers or something. But if the desk is locked, you may need to order a few skeleton keys to get it open. House of Antique hardware sells a group of skeleton keys that will likely fit your desk.
      Best of luck with it!

  8. Hi. I purchased a PH table with a round top that once had an octagon too. Not Queen Anne, but more Regency. No. 50 3202. -2 00. Appears to be mahogany stained cherry. Base is about 2×2 with four turned columns and 4 splayed legs about 10” from floor. One of the legs broke, but could be repaired. Other damage appears to be related to use of a jointed piece where the other three are solid. Even more repairable. I cannot find this table on line and need to understand cost of repair compared to value?

    1. Dear Margaret,
      I am sorry, I am a little confused by your description… Is this an occasional (side) table? Is it round or octagon?

      From the code you provided, my guess is that it was made in the year 2000. If this is the case, this was sort of the end period for Pennsylvania House Furniture Company.

      The damage sounds however severe. It unfortunately sounds as though it would cost more to fix than it is worth at the current time. A woodworker or carpenter might charge a few hundred to re-glue and clamp all the joints that I think are separating, and fix the problems you alluded to with the top. He might charge more to refinish the table as well. A small regency style Pennsylvania House occasional table might go for $75-$250 at auction, but this wide range depends heavily on the condition and the crowd at auction day.

      Of course, if it has sentimental value or you really like the look of it, by all means, make the investment and fix up the piece! There is nothing wrong with saving a piece of furniture for everyday use.
      Thanks for writing! Have a great day!

  9. My mother-in-law owned a bar/restaurant in the 1960’s/1970’s near Hershey, PA. The dinning room featured Pennsylvania House chairs. I’m calling them ” captain chairs”. They were purchased from a reputable furniture store near by. I have the one chair that remains which I purchased at her estate sale. Sadly the chair is in a bad state of repair. I am capable to restore it to its original condition as a surprise for my wife. However it is missing what I’m calling “rungs” in between the legs. Please advise where I can get replacements? Let me say that I have enjoyed your article on PA House and the comments from your readers.

    1. Hi Barry! What a sweet idea. Unfortunately, the stretcher rungs might be tricky to track down. I think you might be able to find a reasonable replacement on ebay… Otherwise, you might have to track down a woodworker who can turn a custom cherry rung for you. In our area, there are several small cabinet shops around (often Mennonite or Amish, so they do not have an internet presence) who are quite proficient at making furniture and parts. Best of luck with your project and I hope your wife is thrilled come Christmas morning! 🙂

  10. When we bought our house about 6 years ago, we also received a PA HOUSE dining room set – a rectangular drop-leaf table and 6 fiddle back chairs, 2 of them captain. The set also included a China cabinet and a side board. The side board is not a complete match with the test of the set. In the top drawer of the China cabinet and under the table and chairs are the burned markers of Pennsylvania House. There are two numbers that are not in a line. One number says 865 and the other 1910. These numbers are only under the chairs. Do you know what they mean? Also, the table top is damaged by moisture rings. I have tried to iron them put with a cloth and dry iron, this however are it worse. Would the table loose more value if I would carefully refinish it?

    1. Hi Anne, the numbers are just factory numbers (ship where, ship when, who worked on the table, usually a date or year, the set you described is from the early seventies. We just sold a “like new” PA House drop leaf for $385, the chairs like new were about $60 each , Tables and sets that need to be refinished are not really of any value as refinishing is expensive. An iron wont work if the white ring is very old, the white ring is caused by trapped moisture in the table usually from hot dishes etc. The iron trick does work but you kind of need the steam setting to pull the water back out of the table(carefully not to much heat or steam) you can also use a or try a product call “howards restore a finish” costs about $10 bucks at home depot paint dept, easy to apply. Youtube videos exist about using the product as well. Hope that helps and just ask if you have any other questions. Cheers!

  11. We purchased a PA China cabinet recently. On the back of the top portion & the bottom portion as well as the drawers are written the following letters/numbers
    P226 12-3455 & 4-90
    A recent email indicated you can tell me the type of wood& the approx. time it was manufactured . I recently sent an email with a photo but have not received a reply. Perhaps you’re unable to gather this info or are too busy. I fully understand if this is the case
    Sincerely,
    Thomas H Nienburg Sr
    Palm City, Florida

    1. Happy Thanksgiving Thomas. The numbers seem to indicate a production date of April 1990 (4-90). The photos show a cherry wood china cabinet. PA House is predominantly used cherry. In a consignment shop atmosphere the one shown in your email would be $399-$599 depending on condition, scratches, dings, glass chips. Thank you.

  12. Do you have a suggestion for someone that could repair a Pennsylvania House Recliner. The metal mechanism has broken and will longer function as a recliner. I am in the Philadelphia PA area.

    1. Sorry Nancy i do not know of anyone that does repairs.

  13. I have a head and footboard of PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE SOLID CHERRY TWIN SIZE SPINDLE BED CANDLELIGHT FINISH 5617, need to make a side rail boards – Any idea what kind of bed rail hooks they used? Love the design and the quality of their product. So sorry that they’re gone.

    1. Hello Wes, you would need to find an aftermarket furniture hardware seller or try Amazon and then try and retro fit the new hangers to fit, sorry once hangers are worn its tough to fix cost effectively.

  14. Recently sent an email with photos of two Pennsylvania House wing back chairs inherited from my Mom. I believe they were purchased in the 1970s. I have no idea what they are worth and need to sell them because I have no room for them. Can you help me?

    1. Hello Dave, Your wingbacks woud need to be in mint condition to have value in todays market as reupholstering a chair is expensive. PA House was mid market pricey not high end pricey, At an auction they may get a bid of $50 – $200 if mint, otherwise no value. Thanks for visiting

  15. I bought a bedroom from pa house in the 1980’s I’m pretty sure it was French Nouverau its a beautiful set I just now found a crack on the headboard needless to I’m shocked the set is solid wood and I’m the only one that sleeps there. I would like to know if there is any way to repair itfr

    1. Hi Frances, i dont know anyone who does repairs, im sorry. Not sure how bad your crack is but try some wood glue and some clamps.

  16. I bought a Louie Philippe 6/6 Sleigh Bed frame manufactured by Pennsylvania House Furniture in 2000 for ~$15,000. Solid, dark walnut, California King size frame. Have photos and original product label with bar code & what appears to be an item number.

    Excellent condition. Damaged during move and I would like to find 1) Another similar bed to estimate current value 2) Footboard and sideboards to replace damaged pieces 3) Other manufactures, distributors or auction houses that make, sell or buy/sell comparable bed frames.

    1. Sorry Andrew but those beds are readily available online for about $2000, not sure why someone would have charged you $15,000? i do not know of any Pennsylvania House furniture that cost that much? search Google for Louie Philippe 6/6 Sleigh Bed frame manufactured by Pennsylvania House and walla

  17. I saw PH bedroom furniture on the showroom floor of a Long Island furniture store. Rather expensive and I see Costco sells universal furniture that is very similar, much cheaper. Is the difference worth it

    1. Vintage Pennsylvania House furniture was handcrafted in Pennsylvania with solid aged cherry. The company was sold to a company in China and uses the name Universal and typically copies the styles in a cheaper fashion (cheap wood, laminates, cardboard, plywood). A bedroom or dining room set back in the day could cost 10,000 – 16,000 dollars, so no its not the same but if you like the look that’s what matters. Furniture is seldom heirloom quality or built for a lifetime of use anymore. The new owner have started to use the name again. Many other brands have been sold and there names are being used on cheap furniture as well. Hope that helps. We delivered a PA House vintage dining table today that was 1.5 inches thick of solid cherry, we bought one that was newer last night that was .5 inches thick still solid cherry but the construction cost gets cheaper each year.

  18. Hi – I have a PA House cherry hutch and desk with a glass doors top, from 1960 or so, and would like to sell them. What info do I need to provide and where can I find buyers?
    Thanks, Gary

    1. Hi Gary, we have a very good reference for selling furniture on this page https://www.ebohemians.com/sell-furniture/

  19. We are the original owners of cherry Pennsylvania House bedroom and dining room furniture that we purchased around 1975. One of the wood drawer guides for one of the bedroom dressers has broken and I hoped I could buy a replacement guide.it is approximately 18 inches long. Do you know where I can get one?

    1. Hi Steve,
      I hate to send you on a wild goose chase, but finding the exact part might be difficult. Your best bet is to go to a cabinetmaker with your drawer so they can make a real solid oak or cherry glide for you. Your second best bet is to go to Lowes or Home Depot and fashion one out of their wood parts and trims. They also sell plastic glides that can do in a pinch, as a third inexpensive option. Best of luck with your Pennsylvania House dresser!

  20. Colonial Furniture Company of Freeburg, PA supposedly makes high quality furniture equivalent to Pennsylvania House. I understand that they are trying to sell part of their complex in Freeburg.

    1. Hi Art. Yes in fact, Colonial Furniture did produce furniture for Pennsylvania House as well. I recently met the owner of the company (very nice guy by the way) who is trying to retire in the next few years. Sadly, there aren’t too many furniture manufacturers left. Vintage Colonial Furniture is also a great choice. We have been lucky to sell a few pieces by them too. Thanks for mentioning that! 🙂

  21. My mother in law has a unique piece that I’m not even quite sure how to describe. It looks like an armoire, but has small drawers going up each side. They have used it as media storage, but are now downgrading some furniture pieces. She is trying to find something similar to get a price point, but to no avail. It is a Pennsylvania House piece with the numbers: 48 2301 11 00. Any info would be greatly appreciated. I do have a photo of you would like me to share. Thanks!

    1. Sure Brittany, Would love to see a photo to try to give you some help! You can send it to me via my email rachel@ebohemians.com if you would like. Thank you and thanks for reading.

      1. I have sent some pictures via email. Were you able to find any information on it? I’m perplexed. Thanks!

        1. Dear Brittany! I just did a search in my inbox and found your emails. Sorry, I missed them somehow! I will reply to them now. Thanks again!

  22. We have solid oak PH dining room set purchased 15-20yrsago. I am looking for 2 more chairs. they are oak straight leg open back design

    1. Hmm… please send me a photo. I may be able to help you track a couple down. You can send a photo to my email or post it here (rachel@ebohemians.com) Thanks T.

  23. We have a PH sofa, still looks new & very comfortable. I’m looking for a slipcover company to upgrade the look from chintz to white denim. There are companies which slipcover IKEA furniture. Can anyone recommend a shop which makes PH covers?

    1. Hi there! I wish I could, but I do not know any slip cover companies that would be able to tailor your sofa. Perhaps it would be best to take it to a local upholstery shop to get the best fit… Then you could specify your fabric preference as well. Thanks for reading and best of luck with the sofa!

  24. Hi, I was cleaning up my house after a remodel and I was curious about my hutch which is a PH. I did a Google search and your website came up. I read some of the comments and I realized that my furniture might be worth more than I thought. How can I know if this number is a PH original 13-3601 1166. Thank you.

    1. Hi Tabita, it sounds like your hutch cabinet is by Pennsylvania House. Check for the Pennsylvania House Brand name which is usually burned inside the drawer and on the back of the hutch top. Best of luck with it! Thanks for writing!

  25. Hello,
    I purchased Pennsylvania House Dining, Living and Bedroom furniture back in the mid 90s. I have two broken door hinges on the bedroom dresser which I have been having trouble in locating an actual replacement. Would you know where I could obtain them?
    Thanks
    Bill P.

    1. HI Bill, small parts like hinges and hardware can be tricky to locate. But usually the best bet is to try eBay. To do a more accurate search, type in the length and metal of your hinge. (You don’t need the brand name to find it, but you will need an accurate measurement and probably the number of screw holes.) If you don’t find anything there, you may want to try a higher end company like “Ball and Ball” in Exton PA. They make brass hardware and parts and might have a great facsimile. You may also have to replace all of the hinges to something else if you cannot find a match…
      Best of luck! I hope it can be repaired!

  26. What is the current situation with the PH commemorative chests. I have the 1976 issue and 3 subsequent issues. Are they still well valued? Also, is it worth refinishing an oval pedestal coffee table circa 1968? All cherry pieces. Thank you

    1. Hi Sue! I am sure that the Pennsylvania House Commemorative chests could be priced higher than any other regular chest that was in high production by Pennsylvania House. However, it always comes back to the look and the condition. A beautiful chest by any company will be more desirable than another, but I wouldn’t assume that just because it is marked “commemorative” that it is automatically three times the value of a normal chest. It may be worth a few dollars more to a collector.
      As far as refinishing your coffee table, I think that it is worth doing! A nice solid cherry coffee table is a tough thing to come by these days, so if you can preserve it and enjoy it I think it is worth the expense. If your intentions are to resell it, though, I would be careful… Unless you can do it yourself, it may be better to accept a lower price then to try to refinish it. Most Pennsylvania House coffee tables go for $100-$300 in our shop.

  27. I bought a PH dining room set including the table, china cabinet, server and 8 chairs at Fingers Furniture store in Houston, Texas in about 1999. I was expecting the same fine quality furniture i grew up with. My parents purchased theirs in the 60s. What a disapointment! The chairs especially are junk. I’m fearful of them breaking each time they are used. That’s been an average of 4 or 5 times a year at the most. I’m now considering replacing all the chairs. Any ideas on what i might be able to find and where? My furniture is the cherry finish.

    1. Hi Sue!
      We agree 100%. My husband just drove 3 hours to go look at a Pennsylvania House dining room set that was for sale. Unfortunately. it turned out to be a later model (made in China) Pennsylvania House- Universal Furniture. The back of the china cabinet was cardboard and staples, the chairs were put together with pressed wood bottoms and legs were attached using wing nuts and screws, and even the glass in the china cabinet was thin and had no plate display grooves! Honestly, we had no idea it was this bad!
      My best advice to you is to replace the chairs with older model Pennsylvania House (Pre 1995). You may find some on our website, or you may have better luck checking on eBay for a good old fashioned replacement.
      Best of luck!
      Rachel

  28. Hi,
    My parents have recently passed away and I have a PH dining room table and China cabinet. It’s in excellent shape. Where is the best place to sell this and I have no idea what to ask for it. They have a cherry rice carved bedroom suit, it might be made later. I don’t see the name engraved in there. Thank you!

    1. Hi Pam, try facebook marketplace furniture section. The value really depends on the condition, no gauges scratches or chips or broken glass, spills in drawers, warped doors, smells ect. the value depends on your area and the desirability and you or someone elses ability to move or deliver the piece of furniture. Also the color and the year. Also consider is the pieces being sold wholesale or retail. Hope that helps.
      Regards,
      Greg

  29. I am looking for the stain called “Candlelight” so that I may touch up my PA HOUSE buffet and closet. Any ideas where i may purchase this color?

    1. Hi Catharine,
      I am not familiar with any “Candlelight” colored stains, but I would recommend Mohawk Brand stains and finishes for the quality and richness! In touching up your pieces, you may find that you will have to test a few different colors to find a good match…

      Also, you may want to try simple touch up pens by Guardsman if it is a simple scratch or light mar to the finish! Otherwise, “Howards Restore a Finish” and “Howards Beeswax”(available at most Home Depots) may help too!
      Best of luck with your projects!
      Rachel

  30. I am looking for a replacement dining room chair for my broken one. Any suggestions? I can provide a picture.

    1. Sure Deborah, please check our site under the vintage furniture section. We often sell dining chairs by Pennsylvania House by the piece.
      Best,
      Rachel

    2. reply with the brand name, that would be helpful, we will let you the chances for sure.

  31. Hi I have a gorgeous men’s shaving mirror that I think is Pennsylvania House. It appears to be solid cherry and the dove tails on both drawers appear to be hand cut not machine cut. My problem is there is absolutely no PH mark anywhere on the piece just a serial number. Two furniture guys also said they thought it was PH and did not seem to think the missing PA mark was a big deal. I would love for it to be PH but don’t want to misrepresent it. Thanks for your time.

    1. Enjoy it! sounds well made, not sure if you have a question?

  32. Hi,
    I came across your site by chance and wanted to post a comment. I am originally from Mifflinburg, PA (about 10 miles west of Lewisburg). Almost my entire family worked at PA House. My grandmother’s brother was in upper management, although my earliest memories of him he was already retired. My father did hand work, he was one of only a few people who wove those rush seats. One of his brothers became the union president and the other was a sanding machine operator. My father’s sister worked in the factory showroom and her husband, uncle Fred, was the maintenance foreman. I spent a lot of time with them during my youth. I have memories of stoping by the factory on weekends because uncle Fred had to do something in his office. My cousin and I would roam the factory, sometimes getting into mischief by moving pallets of furniture parts around with the forklifts. I often wondered what the workers thought when they came to work on a Monday morning. My brother and his wife worked there as well as a few cousins. The all lost their jobs when Lazy-Boy closed the plant. On an interesting note, the factory used to sell the “seconds” to the workers by means of a lottery. If you were interested in buying a factory second, you would put you name on a list for particular piece, and then a name would be drawn. If you were the lucky winner you could purchase the piece. Later on they decided to sell the “seconds” at the showroom. Guess they could make more money that way. I have a number of PA House pieces and have given some to my children as well. One of my favorites is a small 3-legged milking stool. Had to refinish it a one point, but I still had some of the original factory stain that my father gave to me. Wish we still made furniture like that!

    1. Thank you Bruce for sharing your wonderful memories with us! It really is a treat to hear from someone who has such a connection with Pennsylvania House for so many years. I know my clients see and feel the difference in the gently used Pennsylvania House vintage pieces in our shop. I only wish I had the first-hand knowledge and experience you did with the owner and craftsmen of this great American company. Thank you again for reading and for your thoughtful comment.

  33. Haute thank you for your gracious comment. I thought of another story you might like. Pennsylvania House had two factory locations in Lewisburg. There was the original factory complex and also what they called the upholstery plant along the banks of the Susquehanna river where they produced the upholstered furniture. The building was a three story building that I think was originally a mill of some sort. A few years after I had graduated from college and moved to the Philadelphia area, I contacted my aunt at the factory showroom and ordered a wing back swivel rocker; my daughter has the chair now. It is still in great condition, except that I did have to replace the swivel mechanism at one point. Sometime later (don’t remember the length of time), my aunt contacted me and said the chair was competed and was being readied for shipment. But along came hurricane Anges, think that was 1972, and the river flooded to almost record heights. Before the water got too high,
    my uncle Fred went to the upholstery plant, found my chair, and moved it to the third floor away from the flood waters. Guess it pays to have friends, or in this case, relatives, in high places!!!

  34. We purchased a New Standards the Steve Tyrell collection by Pennsylvania house, 39-2805-0BH in 2005. It was damaged in a move and we are trying to determine how much we paid for it and I can’t find anything on the internet. Any ideas where I may be able to look? I think it retailed at $3,599, based on an article from the Chicago Tribune in 2003. Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Rob,
      I am sorry, I am not too familiar with more recent lines by Pennsylvania House Furniture. Your retail price seems about right though! I hope that you are able to get the bed repaired!
      Best of Luck!
      Rachel

  35. Hi,
    My name is Senad , and I am fairly new to posting on ebohemians! I was hoping I could get a bid of guidance on a piece that belonged to my grandfather. I have a”Pennsylvania House” queen-sized bed with a particular stamp on it (link attached for all photos) that reads 21-2855 1276 18C. I was hoping to see if anyone would be able to clarify what the stamp represents or even to give me an estimated valuation on what it could be worth. The bed is in excellent condition with no scratches and still has its original stain! I appreciate the help in advance.. The photos will be shown through the link attached.

    1. Hi Senad.
      I believe your bed was made in 1976, based on the stamp and the style. The rails might not be original to the bed, most vintage Pennsylvania House beds had wooden rails in my experience. It looks like it is in cherry (faded, perhaps). In my store, it would probably sell for $300-$600 if in restored condition. The style is often called “spindle bed.” Best of luck with it, or enjoy it, if you plan to keep it! Thanks for writing!

  36. I currently have a PH sofa sleeper (queen) in need of reupholstering. In 1991, the sofa cost me $1,300. brand new
    from the showroom floor. Recently, I showed a local reupholster a photo and was immediately quoted a price
    of $2700., not including the cost of approximately 18 yards of fabric needed for the job. This cost depends on
    the quality of fabric I choose. They also want to charge me a pickup and delivery fee. I’m torn and don’t know if
    its worth the cost? I would appreciate thoughts as to whether or not I’m headed in the right direction.
    Thank you.

    1. Hmm Annette, well many customers that I know do believe that reupholstering a sofa with good bones and a great hardwood frame is the way to go. And Pennsylvania House is one of the best brands, in my opinion. So, you know you are starting with a quality piece. And secondly, you can really have fun and choose a great fabric that suits your taste.
      However, that does sound a bit expensive for the labor. I don’t know where you are writing from, but I would suggest shopping around for another quote on the upholstery job. In my area, a sofa would cost around $1800 for labor… It sounds to me like your upholsterer doesn’t want the job for whatever reason… I do know those sleeper sofas are extremely heavy, so that may have something to do with his high quote.
      Best of luck with it! Thanks for writing!

  37. Hi. We’ve had PA House wingback chairs for 30 years and love them. The seat cushion “foam” needs to be replaced. Any thoughts on where to find them?
    Thank you,
    Christine

    1. Hi Christine,
      There are many different types of chair foam on the market. Best to check with a local upholstery shop, if you can find one. Otherwise, I recommend a high density foam (which relates to its durability, not to its firmness), either soy based or petroleum based. You should be able to find that online on places like onlinefabricstore.net. Good luck and enjoy the chairs! I am sure you will get 30 more years out of them!

  38. I purchased a solid oak dining room table with six matching chairs and was told it was made in the 1970 by Pennsylvania House. I read the article above showing the burned in wood logo and company name. The underside of all chairs and table have the burned in company name WITHOUT the logo. Did Pennsylvania House ever change their logo in any of the change of hands to other companies or when they made they made the furniture abroad? I would like to send you pictures of the dining room set and the burned in wood stamp to facilitate your answering of my question. What is your email address?
    Sylvia McB.

    1. Hi Sylvia, I would say, you most likely (90% sure) do have an authentic Pennsylvania House table but if you would like to send me some photos, please feel free. My email address is rachel@ebohemians.com. Thanks so much.

  39. My parents had many pieces of Pennsylvania House furniture that was pre-1970. When I rented my first apt after college, they gifted me the PH sofa. It was very comfortable with a high back and great cushions. People slept on that sofa since I didn’t have an extra bedroom. I had it reupholstered twice and owned it for 35 yrs. This sofa was very heavy as we remembered each time we moved (10 times). I finally gave it to my niece who has owned it for for the last 15 yrs, She had it reupholstered as well. Unless you pay $4000+ for a new sofa, no other sofa line made today will last for 60 years. Also, I’m so thrilled to have bought a PH cherry china cabinet and server yesterday at an antique store. It was a bargain at $650 for both! The pcs will be family heirlooms.

    1. Joyce thank you for that comment! I know many others who have invested the time and money to reupholster their PA House sofas and have been more than happy with them as well. Definitely a good investment! And congrats on the bargains you found yesterday… Gotta love antique stores! 🙂

  40. what was their address, we were just in that town visiting someone & I was curious where the factory was located

    1. Hi Diane, As far as we know it was very close to Colonial furnitures location which also made some furniture for PA House. There address is 401 E Front St
      Freeburg PA 17827.

  41. Hello. I had sent a email on July 10 with some pictures attached. I am hopeful that you can please help me with what wood my cabinet is made of, and what color you think the finish would be considered. There is damage to the front that I need to refinish. As I said in the earlier email, it is PA House 1975. Please try to get back to me soon. Thank you, Marie

    1. Im sorry Marie we can find an email from you. Please check the email address on our contact page. Most Pennsylvania House furniture was made of Cherry wood, some was made of oak which would be very light in color, all cherry would be in brown, or reddish in color to mimmick mahogany.

  42. Thank you for your article about PA House. I worked for the upholstery division for 11 1/2 years until they closed the doors in 2005. In reading the comments above, I found out that the upholstery plant was originally in PA . I’m not sure what year it opened in NC but when I worked there, the upholstery furniture was produced in Monroe, NC. It was a great company to work for and I am happy to own quite a few pieces of both upholstery and hardwood furniture.

    1. Thank you Jackie! I did not know that they had an upholstery plant in North Carolina! Thank you for reading and for your comment. 🙂

  43. I married in 1970 and by 1976 finally had enough money to buy nice furniture. Fell in love wit PH and their wonderful catalogs. Over next 5 years I bought a king sized bed with canary and highboy chest with secretar desk and one nite stand (all I could afford). Subsequently bought dining table and 8 queen Ann chairs and buffet and plate rack. Then a small full size bedroom set. I still have it all except I gave the small bedroom set to my 21 yr old daughter and it got discarded somehow. I love and treasure my queen Ann highboy especially. All furniture is in great shape except table top needs refinishing. Oddly all works fine except the screws all fall out of the chairs that holds cushion on about yearly. I am fearful my two children won’t hold the furniture in the same high regard I do

    1. Hi Sheila! Sounds like a wonderful collection of vintage Pennsylvania House Furniture! My best advice would be to enjoy all of your furniture in the here and now. And hopefully, your children will start to gain a better appreciation for the pieces that you so dearly cherish, naturally. Remember, solid wood table tops by high end makers like Pennsylvania House can always be refinished for another lifetime of use. In my experience, people tend to come around to appreciating solid wood furniture in their late 30’s and 40’s. When they are ready for quality and longevity, and have settled down in a location they love, they do tend to look at timeless traditional furniture for their homes. It no doubt will remind your kids of the quality, beautiful home you built for them. Thank you for reading and thank you for your comment. 🙂

  44. Hello – was looking for some info on Pennsylvania House, and found your site. Just went through youright website and then read all of your comments from folks. Fantastic reading. In the early seventies, I helped open a large Pennsylvania House Gallery in northern Michigan and worked there for many years, and fell in love with the traditional furniture. I had purchased quite a few oak pieces – living room end tables, dining room table and chairs, sideboard and china cabinet – they’re just beautiful and I still have all of them. When my husband and I got married in the mid nineties, he also had Pennsylvania House Furniture – cherry living room (upholstered and end tables) and dining room pieces! So we combined all of our Pennsylvania House furniture and have an absolutely beautiful house of traditional items. We needed master bedroom furniture, so ended up in North Carolina and added a cherry bedroom set. It is so sad that this company is gone, because I just absolutely love the pieces – I have even recently found several pieces at estate sales to add to our home. Call me crazy, but I cannot imagine anything other than the solid wood and look of Penn House. I just counted the number of pieces that we own …. and surprised myself …. 32 pieces (plus my daughter has the oak table and 6 chairs at her house). Hope you enjoy my story.

    1. Lori wow! It is always great to hear people who have caught Pennsylvania House Fever! Haha! It is wonderful that you have such a vast collection and it looks like you met the perfect guy, too. It is always nice to find a man who loves real furniture. 🙂 Thank you so much for reading and for your delightful story. 🙂

  45. Hi,
    I want to replace six seats for circa 1991 Pennsylvania House 4 – Queen Anne side chairs (18-31205) and 2 – Queen Anne arm chairs (18-31215).
    The original seats were poorly constructed and most have failed over time.
    Any ideas where I can order replacements that might be better constructed hopefully ?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Ashraf! I am not too sure if any company sells seats, but certainly you could take the seats off and take them to a professional upholsterer. They will determine whether you need new wooden seats, foam, webbing or all three and then recover in the fabric of your choice. Otherwise, it is fairly simple to DIY if you have a good staple gun, high density foam and can create a new wooden frame for the seat… We have on occasion cut out new seats from 1/2 inch plywood, used 2″ seat foam and an electric knife to cut it. You may wish to use spray adhesive to secure the foam to the wooden seat. Then you cover with a nice quality batting and using a good staple gun and 5/8 or longer staples, you can secure the batting over the foam. Then finish with a nice weight upholstery grade fabric. Hope this helps! Best of luck with your project!

      1. Sorry! I meant to say 3/8 ” Staples! Sorry about that!

  46. Does anyone own a PA house china cabinet with lights, could you look at the connections? My sister has owned one, moved many times, and now wants to use the lights…but the cord for the lights has one vertical and one horizontal prong…not something you can plug into wall socket..I an guessing she has lost some part ( transformer?) that takes the odd plug and has regular cord and flat prongs for 110 outlet. If you have something like this on your cabinet lights, could you send a photo, with any electrical info, voltage, amps and I can talk to electrical supply stores.

    1. Hi Nancy, Most home improvement stores sell kits for about $20 with all a person would need to safely replace the cabinet lights and wires with a new plus.

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