Dorothy Draper campaign style dresser made by esteemed US furniture maker Drexel Heritage circa 1970s. The line is appropriately named “Accolade”. Old growth flaxen flared grain pecan top to bottom. Faux bamboo brass corner accents on all four corners and brass pull hardware tie together British traditional and Eastern design. This dresser provides ample yet efficient drawer storage. Drawers roll out effortlessly on hefty metal glides. No composite or MDF anywhere on this campaign dresser. Drexel Accolade used a combination of solid hardwood interiors, solid pecan and pecan veneer.
We purchased this campaign style dresser from the original owners out of time-capsule estate and nearly everything in the home was by Drexel Heritage. In fact, many pieces were monogrammed with the owners name in brass plates. Purchased in the 1970’s and kept in the same home until today. Every piece was pampered and this dresser was no exception. Our restoration team did however decide to refinish the top and it turned out beautifully. Cleaned and detailed otherwise inside and out.
About Drexel Heritage:
World War II was hard on most furniture manufacturers, but Drexel Furniture was fortunate to land a government contract to supply office furniture for state side army offices. At the conclusion of the war, Drexel employees hand crafted a walnut desk inlaid with stars and his name in marble for General Douglas MacArthur to show their appreciation of his war effort on the Japanese front. A letter of thanks from the famous general is carefully stored in today’s Drexel Heritage archives.
After the war, Drexel brought David Brunn from New York to serve as their new vice-president. Brunn initiated the “key store” program, which was a successful predecessor to Drexel Heritage’s Gallery Program. Over the objections of most of his senior colleagues, Mr. Brunn brought on Betty Bailey, their first female executive. Ms. Bailey very successfully implemented a program of building close relationships with magazine editors, including House Beautiful. Mr. Brunn oversaw the merger of Drexel furniture and Heritage Furniture, a merger that proved to be exceptionally valuable for both companies. That merger solidified and made Drexel Heritage the epicenter of the fine furniture industry.