Premier’s Pennsylvania German style cabinetry is based on the heritage of the German people who settled in Pennsylvania beginning in 1683. The German settlers brought with them superior skills, most notably in furniture making and farming.
While the furniture made in Pennsylvania followed the style of the homeland, and mainly the Rhine Valley, it developed its own traits and peculiarities. German cupboards, or shrank, were distinctive pieces, usually massive in size, made of walnut or cherry and either painted or finished naturally.
German decorating style in the Pennsylvania country mirrored the desire of furniture makers to apply some unique details and decorations to otherwise plain and simple designs. The most characteristic feature of this furniture was the use of decorative and hand-painted motifs. Decor items included hanging cabinets and wall racks which were often adorned with fancy scrolling and painted accents.