Beautifully figured burl wood Drexel Avenues campaign dresser. Offered by Drexel from their “Avenues” line of interior furnishings. The dresser is as functional as it is beautiful. There’s is no want for storage with this ample twelve drawer dresser. If you’re keen on quality than look no further. It almost sounds trite to say “they don’t make em like this anymore.” but in this case, it’s entirely true. The fact is, old growth wood like this simply is not readily available anymore. A contemporary furniture waker would be hard pressed to find specimens as richly grained as we see here. The elaborate, marbled burl grain is a key design element on the Avenues series. Drexel’s craftspeople took special care to select the finest materials and apply the wood perfectly with book matched grain. The drawer facades are embellished with a circular brass pulls. The golden coin shaped pulls hang elegantly like jewelry. Though simple in it’s silhouette, the dresser has elements of Hollywood Regency, campaign, and Asian Modern styles. The dresser top surface has been professionally refinished. We have a pair of matching Drexel Avenues mirrors available, sold separate. Let us know if you’re interested in the mirrors.
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.