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Re: Friedman M. & Co. Furniture

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Posted by Lesley on Sunday, August 05, 2012 at 19:09:40 :

In Reply to: Re: Friedman M. & Co. Furniture posted by Chris on Sunday, January 04, 2009 at 01:32:25 :

: : :Today I just discovered up in hills around my Sonoma County home a old small wood cabin were I found and retrieved a antique wood burning kitchen stove. It reads Packard on the oven door but on the side there is a plate that reads..(Made expressly for M Friedman & Co. San Fransisco.) I also cannot find any information on either names. Please keep me posted if any one finds out any information.

: M. Friedman & Co. was a furniture retailer located on 259 Post St. in San Francisco. They were in business at the turn of the 19th century into the 30's. I know this only because I own an antique dining room set from my grandparents and I too was curious about where it came from and found the same label you did. They did not manufacture their own furniture, but only sold them in the store, so perhaps the "Packard" could be the manufacturer of your stove? You could send a picture of it to worthpoint.com and they will have someone give you more feedback on the antique.

: I hope this helps, I've spent hours on google tonight researching M. Friedman & Co. and even found a picture of one of their old delivery trucks on eBay that I bought to hang in our dining room. :)

: Gotta love the internet huh?

: Take Care,

: Chris V.
: Fremont, CA

I'm refinishing a table that was in my Grandma's kitchen forever and just found the label for M. Friedman & Co. on the bottom side. It has the address you gave on Post St. and there are other spaces that refer to the specific piece. It was nice to find your post as it dates the table a little more precisely for me. My dad said that when they got it from his uncle (Grandma's brother) it was already old--or so it seemed to him. Grandma's been dead about 9 years now and the table has been in limbo in various garages up until now. I ended up having the 3+ coats of paint (one of which was lead based) professionally stripped because I knew I would never be able to get it all off. I can't wait for it to be finished!!

That was a bit rambling, but thanks for reading.

Windsor, CA

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