Kent-Coffey Manufacturing Company

The Kent-Coffey Manufacturing Company was started in 1907 by Harold Coffey in Lenoir, North Carolina. Along with his friends, neighbors and competitors James Broyhill and John Bernhardt, he was one of the early leaders in establishing the North Carolina furniture industry in the early 1900s.

The Kent-Coffey collections of the 1950s and 1960s were solidly built and priced so the average consumer could afford them, resulting in their being very popular. The brand is experiencing a new surge of interest, as young MCM afficionados are beginning to become familiar with the name and add Kent-Coffey pieces to their growing collections.

Court records indicate that the Singer Company furniture division acquired the company in 1983. However, Singer's aggressive attempt to diversify broadly proved financially unsound, and the furniture division fairly soon went bankrupt.

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Perspecta highboy
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Nightstands from The Sequence collection
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Dresser from The Tableau collection
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Nightstands from The Continental collection
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The Wharton gentleman's chest
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Town House triple dresser
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Kent-Coffey furniture was always well marked, so it is easy to identify. Here are drawer markings from two of the collections.


 

 

The Wharton marking with Kent-Coffey logo
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Perspecta marking with Kent-Coffey logo
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1957 print ads for the Goldenaire collection, celebrating the company's 100th anniversary, depict typical room settings of the era.
 

 

Master bedroom
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Father's room (not just twin beds...a whole room!)
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Teen room
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Guest room
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The Harold Coffey home in Lenoir, North Carolina, has been preserved as a bed and breakfast, which is called Sharon Elizabeth's.

 

 

Kent Coffey furniture is household furniture made by the American Kent Coffey Company. It was designed to be affordable and was mass produced.

Background

Kent Coffey furniture was a popular furniture brand throughout the 1960s. It was a shop window staple along the American East Coast, where it represented modernity and affordability in everyday design. It was priced competitively in order that everyday folk could afford it.

Kent Coffey furniture was produced in Lenoir, North Carolina. The Kent Coffey Company was owned by Harold Coffey – a major influence in the North Carolina furniture industry during the early twentieth century. He was friend, neighbour and competitor of icons James Broyhill and John Bernhardt.

Kent Coffey furniture has a reputation for being good quality and durable.

The company was sold to the Singer Furniture Company (a subsidiary of the company that also produced Singer sewing machine) for unknown reasons. In 1997 their ailing furniture division finally imploded and in 2001 Kent Coffey was named as co-defendant in a lawsuit brought by a former Singer employee suing over asbestos relating poisoning.

Perspecta, Forum, Eloquence, Finesse, Crusader, Insignia, Focus, La Fayette and Mainwaring are among the furniture lines offered by Kent Coffey. Although few of these pieces appear at auction, the ones that do tend to given reasonable estimates that they sell within.

Collecting information

60s style Kent Coffey furniture is becoming increasingly fashionable. Mint condition and restored dressers, in particular, can now be found in upmarket vintage and retro furniture boutiques with hefty price tags attached. Reproduction Victorian style furniture is yet to find favour among collectors.

Valuable, desirable Kent Coffey will be in mint condition or have been professionally, beautifully restored. Pieces that have been given a darker stain tend to be more popular among collectors.

Eye appeal is a key concern: Kent Coffey is bought and displayed by stylish young people attracted to a retro look yet unable to afford the more obviously coveted brand names.

Bargains can be found, and with a surge in popularity predicted, restoration is a good way of significantly increasing the value of an item.

Look for handsome, solid wood articles created in a sixties/seventies style with modern handles.

Genuine Kent Coffey pieces will have been stamped with the brand name Kent Coffey - usually inside a drawer or on the underside of a table.

Price Guide

A Kent Coffey tall and low chest of drawers brought $475 at Westport Auction in October 2012

A Kent Coffey signet burnished mahogany side table brought $20 at Phoebus Auction Gallery in October 2011.

A Kent Coffey walnut, baroque style chest of drawers brought $150 at DuMouchelles in Octover 2010.

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