M. H. Schrenkeisen Factory

by John Werry on January 30, 2011

I thought that I’d share this M. H. Schrenkeisen factory drawing from an October 1880 Scientific American cover.  It depicts the full cabinetmaking process beginning with raw logs coming into the factory and in the lower right you can see finished Eastlake-style furniture.  I guess Home Depot and Lowes had not yet opened in their neighborhood and they had to cut their own logs.

Schrenkeisen produced some of the furniture in the Renaissance Revival era that often gets confused with John Jelliff furniture and this image depicts their factory almost a decade later when style had changed.

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M H Schrenkeisen Factory M. H. Schrenkeisen Factory

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Chris @ English Classics February 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm

It’s funny that furniture used to make the cover of SA: I think it really drives home how people still conceived of the industrial manufacturing process as a cutting-edge development, in spite of the continuity between the furniture on that cover and the tradition of artisanal craftsmanship that informed it. I wonder if the popular imagination back then would have thought if that way? Thanks for sharing!

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