Archival Collections ➔ Archival Collection #019 - Frank L. Furbish Furniture Company
Archival Collection #019 - Frank L. Furbish Furniture Company documents the business affairs of Frank L. Furbish from his arrival in Grand Rapids in 1874 to ca. 1885 including receipts of business after he left in 1905. Furbish was involved in furniture manufacturing mostly on contract. Books of correspondence cover his business from the late 1870s to 1904 and account ledgers and receipts are accountable from between 1884-1905. The correspondance copy books detail much of this daily business operations through the life of his company, as well as provide information leading to, and documenting the final proceedsings of the closing of the company on January 20th, 1885 before Frank left Grand Rapids.
A full listing of the contents of this collection can be found in the Finding Aid that is attached to the media section of this catalog entry.
early 1870s - early 1900s
Gift Of Pejepscot Historical Society
Frank L. Furbish Furniture CompanyProducts included a small work table with scroll sawn legs and a turned sewing basket which was patented in 1875. Furbish also made Aesthetic-style easels, side cabinets, “dwarf sideboards,” work tables, foot rests, and music racks in walnut and ebony. The company also produced a small line of toys in ash. However, most of their products were part produced on contract for Phoenix; Nelson, Matter; Berkey & Gay; Widdicomb: and others.