Come-Packt Furniture Company
Furniture, sold directly to the consumer by mail order that you put together and finish yourself. A marketing idea that has been used over and over by entrepreneurs.
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The Come-Packt Company of Ann Arbor, Michigan marketed itself as, Designers, Manufacturers, and Sellers of sectional furniture. The plan was to sell the goods direct by mail order to the customer, eliminating the middle man and reducing costs. The furniture itself was made from high grade quarter-sawn white oak and of the "Mission and Arts and Crafts Styles." The company claimed that no skill of mechanical knowledge was necessary to assemble the pieces. One has to wonder if their instructions were easier to follow than the ones included in such products today.
1910 Come-Packt Furniture Catalog Cover
The manufacturer did not finish the furniture but provided oil stains in eight colors including "Flemish" a black, and "Green Weathered", a pronounced green. After staining the pieces would be waxed. Pillow type cushions were provided in cow hide or goat skin. Spring cushions would be included a an increased cost.
The buyer could - they assured, create a "completed article, fully as handsome and the finish will be as durable and satisfactory as the best finished piece on the market". At the time of publication of our catalog (1910), The Come-Packt Furniture Company was feeling the pressure of the waning popularity of the purely mission furniture with its severely plain lines.
The following images are from our original catalog. While Come-Packt furniture does not bring premium prices at the auction houses, it is sturdy furniture made from quarter-sawn oak with mortise and tenon joinery. Imagine - the original owner left a little piece of themselves in the workmanship of your little piece of history.
Settle and Sectional Bookcase
Come-Packt Dressers and Mirror
Variety of Morris Chairs
Come-Packt Bookcase and Desk
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