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Monday, September 26, 2011

Baumritter Corporation

Theodore Baumritter and his brother-in-law Nathan C. Ancell started a housewares company in 1932, making plaster gnomes, trellises and garden swings. Three years later, they paid $25,000 for a bankrupt furniture factory in Beecher Falls, Vermont, and began manufacturing furniture. In 1939 the company introduced a line of "Early American" furniture they called Ethan Allen.

By 1962, Baumritter and Ancell owned 14 furniture factories in the East. By the middle of the 1960's, the Baumritter Corporation had the largest group of furniture in the world, with a 1,600-piece line to choose from. They also had stores by that time in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Australia, and Canada. In 1970, Baumritter retired, and Ancell took over the company. In 1972, The Baumritter Corporation officially changed its name to Ethan Allen Industries.

Viko was the Baumritter Corporation's modern line, which was produced in the 1950s and 1960s. There were only around 150 pieces in the modern line. Many of the upholstered pieces had reversible cushions.

From and

Baumritter chairs in our store

Side view of our Baumritter chairs

Reversible cusions - stripe and solid

Danish style lounge chair

Swivel chairs

Club chair - AtwoodVintage

Danish style lounge chairs

Swivel chairs


Lacquered desk


  1. That is a beautiful pair of chairs! I recently sold a Baumritter Viko dining set that I had. I loved the swivel chairs that came with it - they were really well made. I'd love to find a pair of swivel chairs like the striped ones you have pictured.

  2. @Tanya: Such a simple concept. I don't know why more designers don't do it.

  3. @Vintage Hunter: Those striped swivel chairs are my favorites too. They're so gorgeous!

  4. Used to sit in my Aunt Bette's swivel chairs that looked very much like those white ones (but they were orange) and spin and spin and spin until I was dizzy. Explains a lot, huh?

  5. @DearHelenHartman: Swivel chairs are one of the best things in life...even for adults. :)

  6. So sleek and elegant. Those chairs are lovely. My favorites are the ones for sale in your shop. When people talk about furniture having "good bones" I'm pretty sure this is exactly what they mean.

    I also very much liked reading the humble beginnings of the Ethan Allen company. =)

  7. @Flo: I would never have guessed in a million years that the Ethan Allen company got its start selling garden gnomes...LOL