|Title:||Chittenden & Eastman Co. - Table & Chairs|
|Description:||Dining room table with six chairs plus two chairs with arms.|
|Condition:||Table and chairs appear to have been refinished. The seat coverings have been replaced|
|Origin:||I inherited it from my parents. I am not sure if they bought it new or used.|
|Appraised By:||William Henson|
|History Of The Item:||Chittenden & Eastman traces its history back to H. Bailey & Company, a jobbing and retail furniture business that began in 1866 in a three-story brick building on Washington Street. That company became G.M. Todd & Company when Bailey returned to dentistry and his partner took over the company. In 1873 it became Todd, Pollock & Granger and construction began on a new building on Third Street. H.W. Chittenden started at the company as a traveling salesman in 1875 and took over Todd's place in the company when Todd retired in 1877. The company was then known as Pollock, Granger and Chittenden until 1881 when Pollock left the company and it became Granger & Chittenden. Granger died in 1882 leaving Chittenden to run the business alone for several months. At that time the business filled two buildings totally 46,800 square feet at Third and Market. On January 1 of 1883, E.P. Eastman, the company's bookkeeper and salesman since 1877, joined with Chittenden. They went by Chittenden & Eastman. By 1896 the company had four large buildings located on Third Street that covered nearly 3 acres. On July 1, 1899 the business incorporated as Chittenden & Eastman Company. They manufactured the Square Brand product from about 1890 to the early 1970s. In 1972 the firm moved to a new facility on Division just west of Roosevelt. The firm later became Eastman House. After 139 years in Burlington, the company is preparing to leave town in 2005.|
|Appraiser Tips:||Polish the set with a quality furniture polish and keep pieces from direct sunlight to protect the finish.|
|Research Sources:||Google Chittenden & Eastman Co.|
|Appraiser Comments:||Your table and chairs were made ca 1900. The set is in oak and in a Tudor sub-style. The pieces shown in the photos look to have original finish in great condition. Value is for set as shown in photos.|
The expert, William Henson, is of the opinion that this item
Reason: From photos and discription the set is authentic.
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