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Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Drexel Furniture (UNITED STATES)

While vintage Drexel Furniture dining tables, dressers and other pieces remain highly desirable for enthusiasts of mid-century modern design, the manufacturer's story actually begins decades before its celebrated postwar-era Declaration line took shape.

In 1903, in the small town of Drexel in the foothills of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, six partners came together to found a company that would become one of the country’s leading furniture producers. The first offerings from Drexel Furniture were simple: a bed, washstand and bureau all crafted from native oakwood, sold as a bedroom suite for $14.50.

One of Drexel’s early innovations was to employ staff designers, something the company initiated in the 1930s. This focus on design, which few other furniture companies were committing to at the time, allowed Drexel to respond to a variety of new and traditional tastes. This included making pieces inspired by historic European furniture, like the popular French provincial–style Touraine bedroom and dining group that borrowed its curves from Louis XV-era furniture. Others replicated the ornate details of 18th-century chinoiserie or the embellishments of Queen Anne furniture. Always ready to adapt to new customer demands, during World War II, Drexel built a sturdy desk designed especially for General Douglas MacArthur.

In the postwar era, Drexel embraced the clean lines of mid-century modernism with the Declaration collection designed by Stewart MacDougall and Kipp Stewart that featured elegant credenzas and more made in walnut and the Profile and Projection collections designed with sculptural shapes by John Van Koert. In the 1970s, Drexel introduced high-end furniture in a Mediterranean style.

Drexel changed hands and visions throughout the years. It was managed by one of the original partners — Samuel Huffman — until 1935, at which time his son Robert O. Huffman took over as president. It was then that the company began to expand, with several acquisitions of competitors in the 1950s, including Table Rock Furniture, the Heritage Furniture Co. and more. With the manufacturer’s success — spurred by its embrace of advertising in home and garden magazines — it opened more factories in both North and South Carolina. By 1957, the company that had started with a factory of 50 workers had 2,300 employees and was selling its furniture nationwide.

Drexel underwent a series of name changes in its long history. Its acquisition of Southern Desk Company in 1960 bolstered its production of institutional furniture for dormitories, classrooms, churches and laboratories. In the following decades, contracts with government agencies, hotels, schools and hospitals brought its high-quality furniture to a global audience. U.S. Plywood-Champion Papers bought Drexel Enterprises in 1968, and it became Drexel Heritage Furnishings. 

In 2014, the last Drexel Heritage plant, in Morganton, North Carolina, reportedly closed its doors. The company rebranded as Drexel in 2017.

The range of vintage Drexel furniture for sale on 1stDibs includes end tables designed by Edward Wormley, walnut dining tables designed by Kipp Stewart and lots more.

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Midcentury Milo Baughman Chest of Drawers - Perspective for Drexel
By Drexel, Milo Baughman
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this Mid-Century Modern dresser from the Perspective collection by Milo Baughman for Drexel in 1951. Crafted from exotic Mindoro wood that shimmers in the l...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Black Lacquered Bedside Chests, Refinished
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern four-drawer nightstands By Edward Wormley for Drexel "Precedent" Collection USA, circa 1950 Black lacquered elm wood, with original...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Carved Ball and Claw Feet Flame Mahogany Book Matched Dresser Bachelor Chest
By Drexel
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Bombay 4 drawers flame mahogany ball and claw feet dresser chest by Drexel. Campaign style "carry" handles.
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20th Century American Chippendale Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Drexel Heritage American Chippendale Style Mahogany Twelve-Drawer Dresser Chest
By Drexel
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional American Chippendale style twelve-drawer dresser chest of drawers By Drexel Heritage, USA, late 20th century Carved mahogany, with original brass hardware. ...
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Late 20th Century American Chippendale Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

John Van Koert for Drexel Profile Mid Century 6 Drawer Lowboy Dresser
By Drexel, John Van Koert
Located in La Grange, IL
John Van Koert for Drexel Profile mid century 6 drawer lowboy dresser This dresser is 56 wide x 20 deep x 31 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restor...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Kipp Stewart for Drexel Suncoast MCM Walnut Brass Cane Gentleman's Chest Highboy
By Kipp Stewart, Drexel
Located in La Grange, IL
Kipp Stewart for Drexel Suncoast mid century walnut brass and cane gentleman's chest highboy dresser Dresser measures: 40 wide x 18 deep x 46 inches high All pieces of furniture ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

White Lacquered, 9-Drawer w/ Brass Hardware & Green Lucite Top Campaign Dresser
By Drexel
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a Mid-Century Modern signed Drexel lacquered in white campaign dresser with brass hardware and a removable emerald green Lucite top. We love vintage 1970s campaign furnitu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Midcentury Walnut Tall Chest of Drawers by Kipp Stewart for Drexel
By Kipp Stewart, Drexel
Located in Belmont, MA
Midcentury walnut tall chest of drawers by Kipp Stewart for Drexel. Excellent professionally restored vintage condition.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Midcentury Walnut Low and Long Chest of Drawers by Kipp Stewart for Drexel
By Kipp Stewart, Drexel
Located in Belmont, MA
Midcentury walnut low and long chest of drawers by Kipp Stewart for Drexel. Excellent professionally restored vintage condition.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Drexel French Provincial Louis XV Carved Walnut Highboy Dresser, circa 1950s
By Drexel
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous French Provincial Louis XV style five-drawer highboy dresser By Drexel USA, circa 1950s Walnut, with original brass hardware. Measures: 36.25"W x 21.13"D x 48"...
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Mid-20th Century American French Provincial Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Black Lacquered Bachelor Chest, Refinished
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern five-drawer dresser chest By Edward Wormley for Drexel "Precedent" Collection USA, 1948 Black lacquered elm wood, with original brass drawer pull...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Black Lacquered Bachelor Chests, Refinished
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern five-drawer bachelor chests or large bedside chests By Edward Wormley for Drexel "Precedent" Collection USA, 1948 Black lacquered e...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Pair of Campaign Style Nightstands
By Drexel
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of 1970s campaign style nightstands by Drexel. Original brass hardware.
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Large Casa Del Sol Dresser by John Van Koert for Drexel
By Drexel, John Van Koert
Located in New York, NY
Stylish 8-drawer dresser Casa Del Sol designed by John Van Koert for Drexel. This dresser features for smaller drawers over four larger drawers creating ample storage, it is in good ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Casa Del Sol Cabinet by John Van Koert for Drexel
By Drexel, John Van Koert
Located in New York, NY
Stylish architectural two-door cabinet with interior drawers and shelves. This cabinet can serve as a chest of drawers, wardrobe, or diminutive armoire. Well crafted, in good untouch...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Black Lacquered Chest of Drawers, Refinished
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional black lacquered dresser chest or sideboard credenza By Edward Wormley for Drexel "Precedent" Collection USA, 1940s Black lacquered elm, with original brass ha...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Drexel Heritage Hollywood Regency Bachelor Chests Bedside Commode Dresser, Pair
By Drexel, Dorothy Draper
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Quality pair of three-drawer commodes by Drexel Heritage. Item features solid brass hardware, three dovetail constructed drawers each, carved drawer fronts and clean lines. Style and...
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1960s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Single Edward Wormley for Drexel 48" Chest
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward Wormley for Drexel chests from the Precedent Collection with brass hardware, circa 1947. Size shown in photos are 32" W (sold), now only 48" W available Please email with que...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Restored Pair of Chests by Edward Wormley, circa 1947
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in Atlanta, GA
A beautiful pair of Modern chests by Edward Wormley for Drexel, circa 1947. Expertly constructed in silver elm and finished in cream lacquer. The functional size and scale allow for ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

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Drexel Declaration Dresser by Kipp Stewart and Stewart McDougall
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid century Drexel declaration low dresser by Kipp Stewart & Stewart McDougall. This piece features bookmatched black walnut grains equipped with the collection's signature porcelain...
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Located in West Hartford, CT
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Edward Wormley: Classic Pair of Dressers in Black Lacquered Wood & Brass, 1940's
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Located in New York, NY
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Mahogany Cross Banded Inlay Silver Chest Stand
By Drexel
Located in Lambertville, NJ
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Located in New York, NY
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Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Six-Drawer Dresser, circa 1950s
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in West Hartford, CT
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