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How to Choose Molesworth Style Furniture



Molesworth is a classic western furniture style that dates to the early 1900s, when Thomas Molesworth created his unique style of seating and case goods in Cody, Wyoming. His work graced the homes of presidents, industry tycoons and wealthy homeowners. It is still coveted today—a pair of original Molesworth chairs recently sold at a Christie’s auction for $80,500.

Molesworth furniture continues to be purchased by interior designers and homeowners who appreciate its ability to transcend style trends, and who want a traditional western ambiance in their home.

Virtually any piece of furniture can be designed with Molesworth details, and it coordinates beautifully with other rustic furniture styles. It works equally well in a spectacular mountain lodge, a cozy cabin or simply a traditional home to add a little western vibe that reflects the homeowner’s taste.

Molesworth style furniture can be identified by several typical features:

  • Vertical pole detailing
  • Silhouettes of cowboys, Indians and other figures of the old west
  • Chunky wood burls
  • Native American motifs
  • Brightly colored leather and Chimayo fabrics
  • Large brass tacks

Carole Rains is the founder and owner of Rustic Artistry, which offers furniture and home décor handmade by American artisans. View their profile or contact Carole, call 908-741-4317.

Content for this article provided by Rustic Artistry.

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