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2015

Mission Oak Cabinet

By mwilcox

Missionoak

Based on the images, this piece is in the Mission style, but is not one designed and sold by the leading designer of the style, Gustave Stickley. Mission furniture is a style of furniture that originated in the late 19th Century, it traces its origins to a chair made by A.J. Forbes around 1894 for San Francisco's Swedenborgian Church. The term "Mission" furniture was first popularized by Joseph P. McHugh of New York, a furniture manufacturer and retailer who copied these chairs and offered a line of stylistically related furnishings by 1898.

Many designers and companies played an important role in the development of the design over the years, such as,  Gustav Stickley, L. & J.G. Stickley, Stickley Brothers, Charles Limbert, Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Company (Lifetime), The Shop of the Crafters and Ford Johnson. The majority of Mission style furniture was mass produced by furniture companies centered in Grand rapids Michigan, which numbered in the hundreds before World War One. The style became highly popular again in the 1980's and furniture by all makers saw a bump up in values, but has declined for all but the rarest pieces since the 1990's. In the current market a replacement value for this Circa 1910 Mission style cabinet would be in the $800.00- $1200.00 range.