The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, originally financed by the late John D. Rockegeller, Jr., is the education organization responsible for the restoration of the colonial capital of Virginia. Williamsburg and the CW4XX hallmark are registered trademarks of the Foundation, and may be used only on approved reproductions and adaptations made by its specially licensed manufacturers. Products not bearing one or both of these registered trademarks have not been approved by, and have no connection with, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Williamsburg Furniture Reproductions
Since 1699, when it became one of the first planned towns in America, Williamsburg has been a tribute to design, order, and tasteful surroundings. In keeping with this tradition, The Kittinger Company manufactured Williamsburg Furniture Reproductions for more than 50 years. Crafted with all the grace and beauty of the colonial cabinet-maker’s art, these reproductions are known the world over for unquestionable authenticity.
Williamsburg Furniture Reproductions and Adaptations are approved copies of 18th- and early 19th-century originals in the collections of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Each piece was painstakingly duplicated by Kittinger’s master craftsmen, and represents a faithful replica of the original in the smallest detail. Drawers were set by hand, table tops were hand-turned, and hardware was hand-cut and hand-filed from solid brass. Duplicates of the original woods were carefully sought and selected, and finishes approximated the color and appearance of the antiques.
Most of the interesting points of construction, which add to the value and authenticity, are not visible. These costly hidden details are not duplicated by modern machines. They are best reproduced in the same manner as the originals – by the hands of skilled artisans. Each is branded with the Foundation’s CW4XX hallmark, assuring authenticity and quality.
Williamsburg Furniture Interpretations
Like Williamsburg Reproductions, Williamsburg Furniture Interpretations are crafted with care and attention to detail. These items are referred to as interpretations because they have been altered in some matter from the original antique. In every case, however, changes in style follow the way in which they would have been modified at the time the original was crafted.
Interpretations are generally modified in design and construction to conform to modern necessities of size, function, and comfort. While adhering to the basic principles of 18th-century design, they are intended for modern apartment, home and office use.
Changes permit storage in cabinets, partitions in drawers, changes in the height of tables and chairs, or perhaps, the modification of springs and upholstery. Most Williamsburg Furniture Interpretations, for all practical purposes, appear to be copies of original pieces. And all conform to the very best traditional and modern manufacturing methods available to The Kittinger Company.
Historic Newport Reproductions
As it captured a leading position in the colonies during America’s Golden Age of wealth and world trade, this Rhode Island seaport became a thriving center of culture. Today, Newport features more than 300 pre-Revolutionary homes reminiscent of this romantic past.
By appointment of the Preservation Society of Newport County, Kittinger is privileged to be the exclusive maker of Historic Newport Reproductions. Each reproduction is an exact copy of an original by Newport’s famous 18th-century cabinetmakers, the Goddards and the Townsends, whose designs equal the best in England and on the Continent.
The Baleroy Collection
For years, the name Baleroy has been synonymous with tradition. This estate, owned by George Gordon Meade Easby, whose lineage can be traced to some of the earliest Philadelphia families, contains treasured antiques that have been handed down from generation to generation. These pieces are held in such high regard that many have been exhibited on loan at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the State Department, and The White House.
Kittinger is privileged to have been licensed to manufacture reproductions of a select group of furniture from the Baleroy Collection. These selections are of Philadelphia origin with the exception of a graceful New England serpentine bombé chest, which is probably of Boston origin. All date from the 18th century, circa 1740-1760.
Historic Savannah Reproductions
Settled in 1733 by James Oglethorpe, Savannah grew in significance as a port and trade center after the Revolution. As the city prospered, much of the old furniture in Savannah came from the northern colonies or was imported from Europe. Because of two disastrous fires, very few 18th-century buildings and furnishings remain, and only a few Savannah-made pieces of furniture exist today.
In the early 1950s, the Historic Savannah Foundation was formed and spearheaded a vigorous campaign to revitalize the city and preserve its beautiful old buildings. The Kittinger Company is proud to have the exclusive license to manufacture a selection of important late 18th- and early 19th-century furniture antiques from Historic Savannah.
Old Sturbridge Village
A New England farming village typical of the early 19th-century has been recreated in the gently rolling countryside of Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
Old Sturbridge Village began in the 1920s when two brothers, Albert B. and J. Cheney Wells, began acquiring, cataloging and exhibiting a collection of American antiques. In 1936, when they ran out of space in which to store their treasures, they purchased a 250-acre tract of land in the town of Sturbridge Village.
Kittinger Company has the exclusive license to manufacture Old Sturbridge Village Authentic Early American Reproductions – featuring the charm and simplicity of this early period furniture craftsmanship.
Independence Hall Reproductions
The Key and Quill symbol identifies each piece from Independence National Historic Park’s outstanding collection of Revolutionary period reproductions. Often referred to as “the most historic square mile in America,” the park includes history-rich buildings like Independence Hall and Congress Hall, containing vast collections of American arts and research material.
Kittinger is proud to have been licensed to manufacture reproductions from the Independence Park Collection. Each piece is exactly reproduced from the original or is an approved adaptation, with modifications to meet today’s use requirements.