Privacy is the word with this exceptional by Drexel for their “Accolade” collection. The bookshelf features pecan wood with signature campaign brass fittings at the corners. The upper portion offers private storage with shelves inside. The shelves themselves are hearty and can hold plenty of weight. A drop-down door at center reveals a spacious cabinet ideal for use as a bar or secretary desk. The quality of construction blows any contemporary bookcase out of the water. We also have two matching bookcases with closed cabinetry and a bar. We also have bedroom furniture and a corner bookcase from Drexel’s Accolade line. There is also a narrow lingerie dresser with vanity.
We purchased this campaign bookcase 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.