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American Furniture Periods

Pennsylvania Dutch style (1720 to 1830)

The Pennsylvania Dutch style was predominant in the German settlements in Pennsylvania. The name is derived from a mispronounced Deutsch – the German word for their language. These immigrants were the pre-cursors for the Mennonites and Amish and explains some of the simple features.

Design Elements

  • Simple and utilitarian
  • Decorated with bright and colorful hand painted scenes
  • Straight lines
  • Simple turnings
  • Straight tapered legs
  • Walnut, pine and oak were predominant


Here are a few examples of Pennsylvania Dutch furniture.   Click on any image to zoom in.

penn dutch chest   Pennsylvania Dutch chair   Pennsylvania Dutch Pray Table      Pennsylvania Dutch Bench


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