Old Hickory Mission Inn Lamp Table F950

A unique piece of early Old Hickory Furniture perfect for that corner in your cabin. Generally solid and could use a new surface on its top. The patina and general wear on the piece underlines its homespun, frontier quality. Bought at auction. Said to have been owned by an old docent who volunteered at the Mission Inn. From his estate. 30 x 30 x 30.

Price on request.

From the company’s website, a brief history (kinda fascinatin’):

“In the early 1800’s, as the pioneers crossed the Appalachian Mountains, among the many discoveries they made was the hickory sapling. This small diameter tree grew throughout the Midwest in groups of twenty to thirty, surrounded by much larger trees.

As the saplings struggled towards the sunlight above, they grew straight and tall – yet the diameter did not exceed two to three inches – even after twenty to thirty years of growth. If you’re a pioneer without furniture, you soon realize that this amazing hardwood sapling made for ideal chair and table frames.¬†You could soak it in boiling water and bend it to make hoops. You could weave its inner bark to make seats and backs, and you could see new trees sprout from the same stump – over and over again. And so it became a material of choice for our ancestor’s homes.

In southern Indiana, a newly transplanted North Carolinian, Billy Richardson, began to make hickory chairs and sell them on Saturdays on the town square in Martinsville. Legend has it that he and his father had made the original Andrew Jackson hoop chairs for the President’s home, The Hermitage.¬†Others in the Martinsville area studied Richardson’s products and banded together in 1892 in an abandoned church, producing hickory sapling furniture as a full-time business. They chose “Old Hickory” as the company name, Andrew Jackson’s famous nickname.

When the company incorporated in 1898, a full line of products was available. Shipping across the country to homes and resorts, the company also began furnishing nearly all of the new national park lodges, including the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park. The dining chairs in the main hall are the very same chairs shipped and installed in 1906.”