We have a new piece of furniture at the Manse, and I consider it something of a find.
Regular readers will know that I am partial to mid-century (mid-20th-century, that is) culture in all its forms, including furniture. (Witness the dining-room table and chairs that we picked up in Warkworth, Ont., this past summer.) So when I spotted this chair in the antiques-and-collectibles section of the Madoc store called Country Treasures, I leaped at it. The price was right (would you like to guess?) and in short order the chair was packed into the back seat of the Toyota and headed to the Manse.
One of the nice things about it – besides the fact that it’s in great condition and is in a nifty mid-century kind of colour – is that its Canadian origin is well accounted-for. It was manufactured at the H. Krug factory in Kitchener, Ont. According to the Kitchener Public Library‘s records, the “H. Krug Furniture Company was founded in 1887 on the corner of Ahrens and Breithaupt Streets in Berlin [renamed Kitchener in 1919], Ontario, by Hartman Krug. The company initially produced frames, dining room sets and rockers, but by 1908 production included all types of furniture, with a specialty in chair-making.” The company is still in operation in Kitchener, today specializing in office furniture; its nicely done website is here. Anyway, the best part of all is that, as you can see from the photo, we know the exact date on which our chair was made: Dec. 9, 1958. Not long before the ’50s became the ’60s. It was a remarkable time. And, if I do say so myself, this is a remarkable chair.