The four-digit numerals positioned on the bottom of the tabletop identify Mersman Tables. Mersman was a well-known furniture manufacturer for almost a century. It produced millions of tables and other products over the years.
The company was founded as a sawmill in Indiana in the nineteenth century. After transferring his firm to Ohio in around 1876, J. B. Mersman began producing tables under the Mersman brand. Later, the company moved into the production of beds and bed components. His company was so successful that the city of Celina, Ohio, gave him money to establish a factory there. He quickly expanded his product line to include dining and library tables.
In the 1920s, the “Davenport,” also known as a couch table, was one of Mersman’s best-selling products. In 1928, the company offered 139 variations of sofa tables at prices considered high at the time.
His additional creations included gateleg tables, radio table cabinets, library tables, and some of the earliest coffee tables.
The legs of the tables were crafted from the gum tree, while the veneers on the tabletop surfaces included rosewood, birds-eye maple, ebony, Russian oak, brown mahogany, and blistered maple.