Antique table identity

Discussion in 'Furniture' started by Copperdragon333, Feb 17, 2024.

  1. IMG_2024-02-17-165952.jpeg IMG_2024-02-17-165952.jpeg I recently purchased a beautifully carved, heavy oak parlor table with original, dark reddish brown finish. Under the top is inked the makers name and address here in Detroit. I cannot make out certain letters, but it appears to be either Zuinback & Cantt or Zuihback & Canti. I’ve checked the web but cannot find anything related to it. It really is a quality piece of furniture, and I know it’s a longshot, but has anyone out there heard of this furniture shop? Downtown Detroit in the late 1800’s was home to many fine furniture shops, but I believe most if not all are lost to the ages.
     
  2. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

  3. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    The reading looks the same to me too, but in searching, I am only having a bit of luck with 'Zuieback'. Could it be?
     
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  4. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    Can we see the piece ?
     
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  5. anundverkaufen

    anundverkaufen Bird Feeder

    From an Etsy listing for a jewelry box.
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  6. Here is a photo: sorry, but I just picked it up this week and it’s still in the garage, so the lighting is bad. It is a pretty heavy piece and solid oak. Judging by the style I’d say it probably dates from 1890-1900. IMG_2024-02-17-193849.jpeg
     
  7. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Is the lacquer finish original?

    Debora
     
  8. Here is a picture of the top. As you can see, there are several areas where the finish is chipping off, revealing what appears to be a finished oak surface. IMG_2024-02-17-193849.jpeg
     
  9. Sorry, this is what I meant to post! IMG_2024-02-17-200024.jpeg
     
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  10. LauraGarnet02

    LauraGarnet02 Well-Known Member

  11. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    someone painted it black ??:vomit:
     
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  12. Roaring20s

    Roaring20s Well-Known Member

    The Detroit Jewish Chronicle, September 01, 1922, Page Image 3
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  13. Here are some better pictures showing the really dark stain. IMG_5331.png IMG_5334.png
     
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  14. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Probably Mick Jagger.
     
  15. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    So it appears that Zuieback and Cantor were the retailers, not the makers, and it can be no older than 1922.
    Interesting! I'm a lifelong Detroiter and have never heard of that store. Perhaps it didn't last long.
     
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  16. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    So Berkey & Gay or Shaw Grand Rapids possibilities.

    Debora
     
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  17. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Zuieback and Cantor opened their 'new' factory in 1922.Perhaps they were in business somewhere else before,because pending @verybrad feedback,I'll make a wild guess & say this looks like an Eastlake 1880's ebonised piece.You'll want to hear a more accurate judgement from our furniture folks.
     
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  18. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    The address on the OPs piece matches the address of the "new" factory.
    I suppose it's possible that they had an old factory at the same address and the grand opening of the new one in 1922 was simply a revamp of their old location.
     
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  19. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Could be-the piece definitely looks pre-20's to me,but who knows ?
     
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  20. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    I agree its Eastlake style. I doubt they were making it in the 20s,but who knows ?
     
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