History of Statton Furniture

Statton Furniture Company (A Brief History)

Statton has a special place in our heart because the original Statton company is a family company and was formed so near to our little furniture store. Who knew Hagerstown MD had such a gem of a furniture maker!

Philo and Helen Statton established the Statton company in the 1920s starting with a line of bedroom furniture. Devoted to quality and bench-made craftsmanship, the company eventually grew to offer dining room furniture as well and reached national distribution in the 1960s. Their pieces are heirloom pieces– done with great attention to construction.

You will rarely see an ornate piece of Statton; mostly their furniture is built with function dictating the form. But this doesn’t mean ugly duckling furniture– the beauty of Statton is in the clean lines and amazing finish which reputedly is a, wait for it, 25 step process. WOW. And we thought we were perfectionists.

We love Statton cherry and mahogany. There is always a little somethin’ somethin’ about Statton which makes us take a double take. It’s subtle; sometimes it is just a beveled edge on their table tops or desks. Sometimes it is a little more undercut carving in their dining chairs. Or how a bed post fits smoothly in the palm of your hand. It is not pretentious furniture. But it is furniture pretentious people gravitate towards. In other words, it is expensive. Cha Ching!

Unless you shop at Bohemians. We strive to price our Statton competitively for the everyday buyer. And we snatch up every piece of Statton we can find, even if we have to restore a finish that is lost to wear and time.

In 2008, after four generations of ownership, they closed their doors forever, struggling to compete with companies who have moved production overseas. 🙁 but wait…

In the last few years, there has been an effort to reestablish the company and it continues to sell modern made pieces using their key devotion to hand-crafted furniture. There is hope! If you’d like, you can check out their website www.statton.com to see some of their current offerings.

Thank you for reading our story about Statton Furniture,
Rachel La Bohème

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4 thoughts on “History of Statton Furniture

  1. I have a dining room table that was purchased from an antiques dealer in 1962. “Trutype” appears on the underside of the table top. (Is there a way for me to send or attach a photo?)

    There is also attached to the underside a paper tag that reads:
    “The extension leaves on this refectory table can be raised or lowered to keep them perfectly level with the top. Observe the following instructions [followed by detailed instructions]“
    At the bottom of the paper tag it reads “The Seng Company, 1430 Dayton Street, Chicago, Illinois.”

    The table is very heavy; a dealer recently commented that it was rock maple, however, in light of your fascinating article I wonder if you think this is a cherry Statton Trutype piece?

    If so, which finish does it appear to be? Natural cherry? Would Restore A Finish – Cherry or Golden Oak be good to use on it? Or do you think another color would be better?

    Finally, do you think this table would date to the 1930s?

    Thank you so much for sharing all your information — your writeups are fascinating.

    1. Hi Iris, most likely it does sound like a Statton Furniture table. The maple looking color probably results from the table probably fading over time, cherry can begin to resemble maple. I would use cherry restore a finish. The color of howards really doesnt change the color so no worries overall no matter which you choose to try and use. If it doesnt bring back the table to life then refinishing the table would be necessary, try a local custom cabinet shop.

  2. I have a statton centennial cherry bedroom & dining room set with high boy & lowboy. Please call me I’m 75 yrs old & moving to my daughter’s in NC this furniture isn’t coming with me. I live in Rhode Island

    1. Hi Ellen, thank you so much for the offer, but we would have so much cost to coming to pick up your set. I do hope it finds a good home. Statton made beautiful bedroom furniture. Thanks for reading!

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