Our next two Kittinger pieces we acquired from Jim and Kim at Elmwood Company in 1998. They were a CW 38 Breakfront Cabinet and a 1929 chest. Many years later, we are fortunate to own over 200 Kittinger pieces - all but a couple of them at our home in Williamsburg. I don’t know the count for sure, but at least 100 of those pieces came from Elmwood Company. It’s been quite a relationship and we still love the furniture today, just as we did many years ago.
We have concentrated on collecting the Kittinger Colonial Williamsburg reproductions, and we are down to a few that we are still looking for (thanks, Kim!). We have several of the Kittinger Newport pieces as well. We also have many Kindel Winterthur, Baker Charleston, Baker Colonial Williamsburg, Stickley Colonial Williamsburg, Henkel Harris SPNEA, and Century Sutton Collection pieces as well. Our home is decorated primarily with Colonial Williamsburg reproductions from Kittinger, Virginia Metalcrafters, Karastan, Kirk Stieff, Oud Delft, Blenko/Leerdam, etc.
Some of our favorite pieces include all five of the clocks that were made for Colonial Williamsburg - the three tall case clocks and the two Chelsea/Kittinger clocks. The 1866 Centennial chest is probably the piece d’resistance of our collection. Over time I have come to appreciate the early Kittinger CW pieces the most - with the simple CW branding from the late 1930’s and early 1940’s.
For us, vintage Kittinger furniture - especially the authentic museum reproductions - represents the skill, craftsmanship, and beauty that comes from things like fine art or beautiful automobiles. Nothing can replace the beauty of mahogany furniture with a great, rich, deep finish
Our Kittinger pieces feel quite at home in historic Williamsburg and they welcome us back every time we walk in that door, harkening us back to a time in American history when people from all walks of life came together to form a great nation. For those of us who love sports analogies, it was one of the greatest upsets of all time. USA vs Great Britain, 1776.
I am very proud to call both Jim and Kim friends - and we are grateful to get the chance to continue to work together to find those great Kittinger pieces that are still out there to be rediscovered ... and brought back home to Williamsburg. It continues to be a lot of fun!