Furniture history in the United States began with the austere, nonconforming Englishmen who settled New England. It was they who brought the trade of furniture making from old England and in this new environment were, by 1675, making tables, chairs and chests of distinctly American design.
The early colonists were influenced largely by the Jacobean style, which was, then in vogue in Europe. However, when they settled in the New World, they had to forego luxury and develop what was functional. The necessities of life had to be literally carved out of the wilderness. This furniture, with the exception of the few pieces they could bring over in their crowded ships, reflected the simple and often austere life of these people. Premier’s Early American Country designs follow the simple lines and “no frills” styling of the furniture crafted by our Early American ancestors.