"ROMWEBER"?? New to the forum and collecting..

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Wnelson251, Dec 2, 2019.

  1. Wnelson251

    Wnelson251 Member

    Hello all!

    I am new to the forum and am hoping someone can give me some direction on how to determine the age of some furniture I recently procured.

    I purchased an antique bedroom set (photos attached) from an older lady that I work with who had a storage unit she suddenly needed to empty on short notice. She had the storage unit for years and I bought several pieces of furniture because I thought they were beautiful. I consider myself an amateur collector at most and know very little about specific types or brands of antique furniture.

    The "Romweber" bedroom set consists of three identical "nightstands", two identical full size beds, a dresser, and a vanity (with mirror). This is what I am primarily interested in learning about. The previous owner advised me that the furniture is rare and made by "Romweber" which I had never heard of. There is a badge on the inside of the dresser that supports this statement. I bought the furniture based off of its looks and after finding a few pieces of Romweber furniture online in my research, it appears that the amount I paid (less than $700) was shockingly low. Im not complaining!

    I have been able to find ZERO reference material online that could assist me with determining the age of this furniture. Also, I have not been able to find a single image of any Romweber (or "American Furniture Co.") furniture that is similar to what I have found.

    ANY information or guidance will be greatly appreciated!!!

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  2. shallow_ocean_spectre

    shallow_ocean_spectre fine.books' bumping squirrel

    Welcome to Antiquers, @Wnelson251 - at least we now know where all the Satinwood in the world went to!
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  3. Wnelson251

    Wnelson251 Member

    So it is made of satinwood??? That was yet another question I had.

    Thank you!
  4. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

    Just to get you started, WNelson, here's a tiny bit of company info. At least it tells you that your furniture is not antique - yet - but it certainly is very cool!

    Romweber Co. has been in business in Batesville, Ind., since 1930. It was formed when the Romweber family took over the American Furniture Co. it had helped found in 1879. Romweber's "Viking Oak Collection" was introduced in 1935 and remained popular into the late 1980s.

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  5. Wnelson251

    Wnelson251 Member

    Very interesting! Thank you for the link!

    That raises another question. The badge on the interior of the dresser actually says "American Furniture Co." in large letters and then underneath in smaller letters it says "Romweber"....so maybe I should be focusing on narrowing down which badges were used in what years. Ill add a photo of the badge once I get home this evening.

    Thank you again!
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  6. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

    Oooo - that sounds like a good clue, WNelson! Maybe they were made by AMERICAN (which that blurb says Romweber helped found in 1879!)
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  7. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

    Just saw that Romweber is still in business, and the company helped someone else ID something with the American/Romweber label.

    Maybe you should email them some photos - their email address is shown here:
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  8. Wnelson251

    Wnelson251 Member

    Does anyone

    Thank you SBSVC! Believe it or not I had found that forum answer a few weeks ago. I was all excited but alas...I tried to follow the link and the website (romweber.com) no longer seems to exist. Apparently Romweber closed down some time since that post in 2005. The building that housed the business in Indiana is now an antiques store/event venue :(

    I wrote the admin who runs the building requesting any reference material they may have but unfortunately I never heard back from anyone.
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  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    What are you currently asking for the set, as it seems to be located in an antique store..?
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  10. Wnelson251

    Wnelson251 Member

    Hi komokwa! The photos were given to me by the original owner. She took them the day she bought them 10 or so years ago. I am not interested in selling the set just yet as I am using them in one of my guestrooms. Thank you for asking!
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  11. Wnelson251

    Wnelson251 Member

    I added a photo of the badge!
  12. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Next time....please let us know stuff like that in the opening post.....so there r no misunderstandings..!
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  13. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

    Aw, shoot, WNelson! I have to admit that I got a little excited for you, too!

    Hmmmm... Maybe one of our "furniture gurus" has some ideas(?)

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  14. Wnelson251

    Wnelson251 Member

    Hi Komokwa! My apologies for any miscommunication. Its good to see that "first impressions" are as important to you as they are to me. :) As I mentioned in my original post I am an amateur collector at best. I first heard of this forum about three hours ago when I found it several pages in to a google search for "antique furniture online research sites". I also clearly indicated that the reason I am here is to find out everything I can about the furniture; namely the year of its manufacture. There is zero reference to being interested in selling.

    Thank you again!
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  15. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Yes, that is true.....BUT...we live & die by photo's here , and comment on what we are shown.
    And there is always context.
    So , offering up a 10 year old photo...taken by someone other than yourself , at a location unknown to you that is clearly offering the item for sale....well , had that been understood by me....my question to you would never have been asked.

    That said......we're good !! :):)
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  16. shallow_ocean_spectre

    shallow_ocean_spectre fine.books' bumping squirrel

    There. I'm a-feex molto bene real good!

  17. Joe2007

    Joe2007 Collector

    Welcome to the forums. You may want to start a new topic in the furniture section of this forum for more in depth responses. Not all our members look in the introductions section.
  18. Wnelson251

    Wnelson251 Member

    Will do! Thank you for the suggestion.
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    lovewrens New Member

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