Joerns Brothers Furniture

By mwilcox

Joerns Bros

This suite dates from the second quarter of the 20th century, based on what I can see the veneers are crotch cut and burled walnut on maple cases. The company that made it was founded in 1889 in St. Paul, Minnesota as Joerns Brothers Furniture by three brothers, Charles, Paul and Frederick Joerns, relocated to Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1905. Charles Joerns bought out his brothers and ran a very prosperous but small company.

In 1927, the company suffered a fire, which spurred relocation to Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Joerns Brothers Furniture prospered in the 1940's and 1950's by manufacturing elegant and elaborate bedroom and dining room sets, like this one, which sold to upscale retail furniture stores for up to $1,000 at the time. The company now primairily produces furniture for institutions and hospitals as "Joerns Healthcare". At auction values vary a great deal depending on condtion, as sets like this tend to suffer from loose and bubbling veneer, a result of being stored in overly damp or hot conditions. Comparable suites now sell in the $400.00- $600.00 range at auction.