What Are the Model Numbers for Mersman Tables?

The four-digit numerals found on the underside of Mersman tables’ tops serve as their unique identification. For more than a century, Mersman produced well-known furniture. It produced millions of tables and other products over the years.

Throughout the nineteenth century, the business started off as a sawmill with many mills in Indiana. In or around 1876, J. B. Mersman started producing tables under the Mersman brand after moving his company to Ohio. Later, the business grew to produce beds and bed components.

His company was so prosperous that Celina, Ohio, gave him money in exchange for establishing a factory there. He soon added dining and library tables to his product lineup.

The “Davenport,” also referred to as a couch table, was one of the Mersman best-sellers in the 1920s. In 1928, the company offered 139 different styles of couch tables at costs that were regarded as high-end at the time.

His other creations included radio table cabinets, library tables, gateleg tables, and some of the first coffee tables.

The tables’ tops were veneered in a variety of finishes, including rosewood, birds-eye maple, ebony, Russian oak, brown mahogany, and blistering maple. The tables’ legs were crafted from gum trees.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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