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Drexel Credenzas

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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Painted Chinoiserie Two Doors Server Cabinet by Drexel
By Drexel
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Double door chinoiserie style small credenza server cabinet by Drexel Heritage.
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20th Century American Federal Drexel Credenzas

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Mahogany

Drexel French Regency Louis XVI Mahogany Dresser or Credenza, Newly Refinished
By Drexel
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous French Regency Louis XVI style triple dresser or credenza By Drexel "Classic Treasury" Collection USA, Circa 1960s Carved mahogany, with original brass hardware. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Louis XVI Drexel Credenzas

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Brass

Drexel Mid Century Walnut Travertine Marble and Brass Bar Record Credenza
By Drexel
Located in La Grange, IL
Drexel mid century walnut Travertine marble and brass bar record credenza Record credenza measures: 37.75 wide x 19.5 deep x 30.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Credenzas

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Travertine, Marble, Brass

John Van Koert for Drexel Profile Mid Century 7 Drawer Lowboy Dresser
By Drexel, John Van Koert
Located in La Grange, IL
John Van Koert for Drexel profile mid century 7 drawer lowboy dresser Dresser is: 52 wide x 21 deep x 32.5 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Credenzas

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Chrome

Barney Flagg for Drexel Parallel MCM 2-Drawer Walnut Sideboard Buffet Credenza
By Drexel, Barney Flagg
Located in La Grange, IL
Barney Flagg for Drexel parallel mid century 2-drawer walnut sideboard buffet credenza Buffet measures: 50 wide x 20.25 deep x 32 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Credenzas

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Walnut

Vintage Drexel Declaration Walnut Dresser by Kipp Stewart and Stewart McDougall
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid century Drexel declaration dresser designed by Kipp Stewart and Stewart MacDougall. This piece features bookmatched black walnut grains highlighted by the collection's signature ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Credenzas

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Brass

Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declarations Mid Century Walnut Tambour Door Sideboard C
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart
Located in La Grange, IL
Kipp Stewart for Drexel declarations Mid Century walnut tambour door sideboard credenza Credenza measures: 43.5 wide x 20 deep x 31 inches high This price includes getting this piec...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Credenzas

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Walnut

American Midcentury Campaign Style Accolade Credenza by Drexel
By Drexel
Located in Atlanta, GA
Midcentury Drexel credenza in the traditional "Campaign" style with recessed brass hardware and a square profile with no overhanging top (historically to be portable for military off...
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Mid-20th Century North American Campaign Drexel Credenzas

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Wood

Drexel French Provincial Louis XV Carved Walnut Triple Dresser, circa 1950s
By Drexel
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous French Provincial Louis XV style nine-drawer dresser or credenza By Drexel USA, circa 1950s Walnut, with original brass hardware. Measures: 62.25" W x 21" D x ...
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Mid-20th Century American French Provincial Drexel Credenzas

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Brass

Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declaration Walnut Sideboard Credenza, Newly Restored
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern walnut sideboard credenza By Kipp Stewart for Drexel "Declaration" Collection USA, 1964 Sculpted walnut, with original brass hardware. M...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Credenzas

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Brass

Midcentury Walnut Illuminated Credenza by Kipp Stewart for Drexel Declaration
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1950s walnut credenza / sideboard designed by Kipp Stewart for Drexel’s “Declaration” line. Composed of two sets of hinged doors which open to reveal a single, removable shelf per si...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Credenzas

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Brass

Drexel Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie Walnut Long Dresser or Credenza, 1950s
By Drexel
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency chinoiserie long dresser or credenza By Drexel Furniture "Compass Collection" USA, 1950s Walnut and brass hardware and accent...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Credenzas

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Drexel Declaration China Cabinet
By Drexel
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This stunning midcentury case piece by Drexel boasts unusual white drawer pulls and elegant walnut wood grain throughout. This gorgeous sideboard offers plenty of room for storage wi...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Credenzas

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Walnut

Drexel Declaration 6-Drawer Dresser & Mirror by Kipp Stewart &Stewart MacDougall
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome Mid-Century Modern walnut six-drawer dresser with mirror by Drexel from their Declaration collection designed by Kipp Stewart and Stewart MacDougall. It is in fabulous vinta...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drexel Credenzas

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Brass

Modernist 11-Drawer Dresser by Kipp Stewart for Drexel
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall
Located in Buffalo, NY
Modernist 11-drawer dresser by Kipp Stewart for Drexel, Classic Mid-Century Modern design, superior quality and construction, featuring 11 dove tail jointed drawers, brass hand pulls...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drexel Credenzas

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Kipp Stewart Drexel Declaration Credenza
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A stunning vintage modern Drexel Declaration buffet Credenza by Kipp Stewart and Stewart McDougall. This stylish case piece features book-matched black walnut wood grains highlighted...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Credenzas

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Porcelain, Walnut

Modernist Kipp Stewart Server or Credenza for Drexel
By Kipp Stewart, Drexel
Located in Buffalo, NY
Modernist Kipp Stewart server or credenza for Drexel, professionally refinished or restored, stunning design, retaining its original lined silverware drawer, white porcelain hand pul...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drexel Credenzas

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Porcelain, Walnut

Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall Walnut Dresser
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart
Located in Chicago, IL
Restored to better than new condition, ten-drawer dresser by Kip Stewart and Stewart MacDougall for their Drexel Declaration collection. Four exposed drawers with original spherical ...
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1950s American Vintage Drexel Credenzas

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Brass

Midcentury Walnut Credenza by Drexel
By Drexel
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful vintage modern sideboard by Drexel with eleven hefty drawers for storage. This stunning case piece has unique circular metal pulls with wood fronts. Two cabinet doors with ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Credenzas

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Walnut

Drexel Declaration Two Part Cabinet
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Rockaway, NJ
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drexel Credenzas

Materials

Porcelain, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Credenza by Drexel
By Drexel
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage modern sideboard by Drexel features an abundance of storage space within its many drawers and compartments. Sleek design with four large drawers in the center ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Credenzas

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Walnut

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