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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 03, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House

PRESENTING A GREAT ORIGINAL CUSHMAN COLONIAL COBBLERS BENCH COFFEE TABLE, No. 3 16. Rare to see, This table is featured in the Cushman collectors book, right on the front cover. It is a very collectible piece of well made, solid Cushman Colonial furniture. Featuring traditional Thru-Mortise construction, with the legs mortised thru the top & then hand wedged. Classic Cushman softened edges, angled & chamfered legs & the old Russett finish. It looks like t may have been a small tray or drawer on the bottom, no longer present. T is some wear on the finish from use & age, presents nicely with pegged details & original cobblers bench details. Measures 37 inches by 16 inches by 15 inches high (17.5 inches high overall). Stamped CUSHMAN 3-16 on the bottom. This coffee table is Collectible & an excellent investment. Can be shipped UPS Ground, see ** SHIPPING below for information. Information on "Cushman Colonial Creations"

The H. T. Cushman Company A t the age of 24, in 1862, a young Bennington native named Henry Theodore Cushman enlisted in the Union Army. For two years he served in the Quartermaster's department until mustering out of the service on September 20, 1864. A merchant since the age of 16, he moved back to Bennington and decided to try his hand in the manufacturing field. His first attempt involved making corks in a small North Bennington factory. Around this same time he married Eliza Hall, who would later bear him five children. B y the early 1870s, Henry Cushman decided to diversify his operation. With true entrepreneurial spirit, he invented several, now common, "novelties." These included such items as an eraser attached to the end of a lead pencil, the first ink eraser (called the ink eradicator), a children's "pencil box" with pencils, pen, eraser and ruler in one box, and some of the earliest roller skates, made entirely of wood (including a pocket version that fit in a small tube). To better market his novelties, Cushman established the United States Mail Supply Company. One of the first of its kind the country, this mail order business became very profitable. Child's Business Directory of 1880-1881 lists the business as "Cushman, Henry T., manufacturer of stationers' suppliers, specialties. West n[ear] Main, h[ome] Bank." B y 1889 Cushman's product line and manufacturing capacity outgrew his current facilities and company name. He moved the company to the former Dayton Colvin Mill on Prospect Street and changed its name to the H. T. Cushman Company. Upon moving into new quarters, Cushman ventured for the first time into the field of furniture production. His first products took the form of coat and hat hangers and racks. A salesman for the company came up with the idea for a towel and sponge holder for the bathroom, later to be called the "Ladies' Friend." With the success of these simple forms, Cushman soon added umbrella stands, portrait easels, music stands, wall pockets, book racks, foot rests, small catch-alls called "Jolly Catchers," and indoor grille work. Never one to fall behind the times, Cushman added folding screens and fire screens to his inventory. These screens soon became one of his biggest sellers at the end of the 19th century. The most popular screen depicted a mother cat and two kittens in front of a fireplace. For added realism, the cats were made of black rabbit fur. I n 1892, the company had again outgrown its facilities. Though keeping the old mill as storage, they moved the company's operation to a site on present-day Route 67A in North Bennington . On February 22 of that year, the H. T. Cushman Company was incorporated under the laws of the state of Vermont. Henry T. Cushman served as president and treasurer of the new corporation while Robert N. Squire served as secretary and Henry's son Arthur served as superintendent. At this point the company made around 150 different types of fancy furniture and empl...