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A. Brandt Ranch Oak Roundup!

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I was surfing Craigslist as usual when I came across a posting for a large set of A. Brandt Ranch Oak. The set included a table, 9 chairs, mirror, 2 end tables and two table lamps. Then, a couple of days later I found someone selling a dresser with mirror.

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I posted about A. Brandt Ranch Oak a little while back (link). Ranch Oak was produced from the 1930’s-1970’s. I am such a fan of this western themed furniture. I love the chunky hand scraped look of these pieces and the white furniture wax buildup that was intentionally applied to create the pickled effect.

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What I love about this furniture is that it is solid oak. Because of it being solid, when it gets a scratch, I just have to sand it and refinish. The dining and end table tops need to be refinished, but nothing major.

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This table expands to a tremendous length when you pull the extensions out on each end.

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I love the handles carved out on the chairs.

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I ordered some pickling wax to refinish all these pieces. It appears to be a straight forward process that I will blog about once I receive the wax.

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Here is a grainy illustrated image of the table out of the brochure:

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This furniture will be around for many years to come because it was built to last. No IKEA particle board here! I was told by a friend of ours that the actress Diane Keaton has a huge collection of Ranch Oak, but I haven’t been able to substantiate that information. Now I am on the hunt for additional pieces!

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A. Brandt Company Ranch Oak Furniture Club Chairs (model 3086)

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I have always been a HUGE fan of Ranch Oak. Unfortunately, it is not very common and when you do find it, it is usually expensive. Mel and I found this set at a recent 2nd Sunday Sacramento Antique Faire.

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What I dig about Ranch oak is the hand scrapped look of the wood. They also rubbed white furniture wax on the exposed wood surfaces that builds up and gets into all the nooks and crannies. Also, when it was popular to have tapered leg furniture, Ranch Oak reversed the taper to being fat at the bottom and thin at the top.

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This set is in overall great condition, but it needs new foam. If this set was redone it would be mind blowing!

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These chairs are so comfortable.

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The mark of quality.

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I might check with my upholsterer to see if he can just replace the foam on the backrest and the lower cushion without replacing the fabric. Keep your fingers crossed!

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Our story started 80 plus years ago with one man’s hobby. Our founder, Paul Brandt, is well-known for Ranch Oak furniture, introduced in the late 1930s. Styles for every room, known for quality and durability were manufactured in Fort Worth, Texas through the 1980s.Ranch Oak furniture is now known as “vintage” ranch furniture in collector markets. But when Paul wasn’t guiding his huge furniture manufacturing company, he was sometimes smoking turkeys in his backyard smokehouse, a hobby that made him popular with his friends, neighbors, and relatives for the delicious results!

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The Brandt company Ranch Oak furniture is highly collectable and hard to find. It was made from the 1930’s to the 1970’s era, in Fort Worth, Texas. The carved pieces, made in the 1930’s and 40’s era are the most highly collectable. The light oak color is the most desirable, and most western looking. Ranch oak is the most sophisticated way to decorate western. It is nearly indestructible!

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The following images are from the numerous sales brochures they released over the years. There is some really great vintage imagery!

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I love these vintage illustrated catalogs.

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I could imagine just hanging out in this room listening to Marty Robbins singing “El Paso“.

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If that got your Ranch Oak juices flowing, here are some actual pieces!

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Look at the rough cut of the legs on this end table, I love it!

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I could imagine watching Bonanza while sitting on this couch, couldn’t you?

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This set is on eBay right now (couch, love seat, end tables)!!!

If I only had room!

Source:

http://www.t-m-cowboyclassics.com/dynapage/PP10.htm

http://www.ranchoak.com/company-history.cfm

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