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Northwest Chair Company - 4 wood chairs

I bought these chairs at the Salvation Army. I tried to research "Tacoma Chair Co." and "Northwest Chair Co." of Tacoma Wa and it appears they began in 1916, grew quite big, fire in 1944, followed by sale of property in 1945. They may also be known as "Gregory Furniture". The 4 chairs are made of solid wood that is very dark in color. They style is hard to explain....please refer to picture. I want to sell these and have no idea what they are even worth....can you help?

Distinguishing marks: 
Label on seat bottom with "Northwest Chair Co. Tacoma Wash". There are boxes for No. , Uph., Fin., and Grade but the print has faded too much to read.
Date Period: 
Tacoma Chair Company in Tacoma Wa (approx) 1916-1945
Size and dimensions of this item: 
37" tall, 16" wide, 16" deep
7 pounds?
For Sale?: 


JenniferRC's picture

Those two companies are not the same. Northwest Chair Company and Gregory Furniture Manufacturing Company are two different companies that existed near each other, but not even on the same street.Here is information I have been able to find, today, as I was looking for info about my chairs from Northwest Chair Co.

24 April 2016 07:55

Here is a historical site in which are photographs and a little bit of information on the Northwest Chair Company of Tacoma, Washington. http://digitum.washingtonhisto…Apparently, there were several furniture companies in the City of Tacoma, WA, at the same time this company existed; including Gregory Furniture Manufacturing Company. I also found more info at these following websites, but alas, I still have not found all I seek.………http://search.tacomapubliclibr…http://digitum.washingtonhisto…

and more...http://search.tacomapubliclibr…Collection: Marvin D. Boland Collection Series: BOLAND-B10497 (Unique: 37090)Date: 07-17-1924Description: View taken from hillside of several furniture manufacturing plants. At the far left is the Gregory Furniture Mfg. Co., 2926 South Steele (corner of Center & Steele). Others labeled in the July 17, 1924, photograph are the Northwest Chair Co., 2201 South Tacoma Way (site called Edison Ave. at the time) and the C.E. MacDonald Co., next door at 2121 South Tacoma Way. Northwest Chair had constructed the four-story concrete addition visible here to its plant in 1923. The building housing the C.E. MacDonald Co. would suffer major damage in 1927 when a fire of unexplained origin broke out. G35.1-016 (photograph damaged at right corner)Subjects: Furniture industry--Tacoma--1920-1930; Gregory Furniture Manufacturing Co. (Tacoma); Northwest Chair Co. (Tacoma); C.E. MacDonald Co. (Tacoma);Image type: Black & WhitePrint type: Fiber base-GlossyPrint format: 8x10"and more...

24 April 2016 08:15

Found on this page of the Tacoma Public Library website, http://search.tacomapubliclibr… is more info (read the following) about the 3 particular furniture companies and another photo.Collection: Richards Studio Collection Series: D34815-17 (Unique: 38891)Date: 08-18-1948Description: This is how the area around South Tacoma Way and Steele St. appeared in aerial photographs taken in August of 1948. Street near photograph's bottom is South Tacoma Way. The uniquely designed Java Jive (then called the Coffee Pot Restaurant) is on the left. Across the street is Lowrie Moving & Storage and the large Northwest Chair Co. plant at 2201 South Tacoma Way. To the left of Northwest Chair is the Johnson's Millwork firm at 2319 South Tacoma Way. At 2629 So. Steele St. is the big F.S. Harmon Mfg. Co. who bought the former Gregory Furniture Mfg. plant in 1945. Harmon's name is clearly labeled on the building's exterior.Subjects: Aerial views; Aerial photographs; Java Jive (Tacoma); Coffee Pot Restaurant (Tacoma); F.S. Harmon Manufacturing Co. (Tacoma); Northwest Chair Co. (Tacoma); Johnson's Millwork, Inc. (Tacoma); Lowrie Moving & Storage (Tacoma);Image type: Black & WhitePrint format: 8x10"


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