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Mid-Century Kent-Coffey Bedroom Suite, "The Auburn"

Mid-Century Kent-Coffey Bedroom Suite, "The Auburn"


A mid-century bedroom suite by Kent-Coffey offered by Snowdrift Antiques.


The Kent-Coffey Furniture Company was founded in 1907 in Lenoir, NC by Harold Coffey. He was one of the leading pioneers of early North Carolina furniture makers. Kent-Coffey furniture has always had a reputation of being sturdy and well built. The company was acquired in 1983 by the furniture division of Singer and soon went out of business.  Their beautiful mid-century modern pieces are highly sought after today.


This Kent-Coffey suite was made in March 1957 and the line is called “The Auburn”. The pieces are marked on the back with the Auburn line number “5460”. The markings go on to say it is made of walnut and pecan. You can tell by the weight that pecan is involved when you pick up one of the pieces. This medium-light colored suite is in the stain color Kent-Coffey called “Suede”.  However, the most striking feature of The Auburn are the brass leg caps with balls on the end that highlight the tapered legs.  These give The Auburn line its sought after, “atomic 1950s” vibe and work perfectly with the brass and white handles and pulls. 


This suite consists of a six drawer dresser with attached mirror, a five drawer highboy chest, two nightstands and a full size headboard and footboard with sideboards and rails.


The dresser measures 56” W x 20 D x 33 H. The mirror measures 43 ¾ x 31 ¾ .


The highboy chest measures 40” W x 20 D x 49 H.


The nightstands measure 20” W x 24 D x 25 H to the shelf.


The full size headboard has lateral and vertical slats giving it a mid-century, squared geometric look.  It measures 56 inches wide by 40 high. The footboard is a solid piece with the brass foot caps out front.


This suite is in excellent vintage condition.  There is some minor wear here and there but much less than you would expect from a suite that is 66 years old. There is some wear to the brass but it still has good shine.  All of the pieces are solid in construction and I find no repairs. There is a nick or two to the wood in a few places but they are free of water rings and surface damage.


This is a beautiful and hard to find suite with atomic styling from the 1950s.


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