The Tale of Gibbard

Did you know Bobby Orr is in bed with Gibbard? Well, he sleeps in a Gibbard bed.

The Gibbard Furniture Shops Limited in Napanee, Ontario was Canada’s oldest furniture factory of 173 years until they closed their doors in 2009. Founded by cabinet maker John Gibbard who moved to “The Napanee” in 1835. He leased a mill on the same canal that runs through the Gibbard plant and began manufacturing furniture, coffins and various other items for the local farming community. The Gibbard family kept control of the Gibbard company for four generations. It was purchased by Jack McPherson in 1940, who had worked as a Sales Manager with Gibbard in the 20s.

The company launched its flagship brand of cherry and mahogany furniture in 1964, the Canadian Legacy collection. This brand was sold by retailers from Kingston, Ontario to Madrid, Spain. Gibbard furniture is in use in seventy different Canadian embassies and high commissions worldwide.

Gibbard furniture has become highly collectible since the Napanee factory closed, and with the furniture market taking a nosedive over the past decade its the perfect time to buy. Some Gibbard pieces such as the anniversary tea wagon have dropped in value from $1500 to $450, dressers can be found for $200 or less and night stands for only $100 each. We’ve sold dozens of Gibbard pieces over the years, and there’s currently not much room for its value to go anywhere but up. As these pieces become harder and harder to find in good condition, the value will rise even more.

The Gibbard property has recently been purchased, renovated and renamed to the Gibbard District “honouring Napanee’s historic landmark by transforming it into a waterfront residential space with retail opportunities”.

Rumour has it even Sir John A. MacDonald wrote on a Gibbard desk, so if you come across one you may want to research its provenance.

17 thoughts on “The Tale of Gibbard”

  1. Hi. Do you know where I can find information on Gibbard. I have some chairs that I would like to know how old they are.

  2. I have a tea wagon which I inherited but not sure of the manufacturer. Can you please tell me where on the piece Gibbard would be identified?

    1. Hi there, sorry for the late response. The mark is usually found on the underside or inside the drawer. If it’s marked (or unmarked but you have reason to believe it’s Gibbard), feel free to send us pictures and we may be able to offer some additional information! Our email is or you can message us on either Facebook, Instagram or our website’s homepage!

  3. Hi I am looking to buy a gibbard Canadian legacy mahogany sofa table or sideboard that is at maximum 60″ wide. Do you know of anyone or where I can find one.

    1. Hi Dawne,

      We’ve had them before but none at the moment. We only have a Gibbard buffet hutch and corner cabinet right now. There are lots of Gibbard pieces on Kijiji but many of them are located in the GTA and priced much higher than we would price them at our store – but maybe a deal will pop up on exactly what you’re looking for!

  4. Hello! I purchased a desk in so so condition in Kingston at a ReStore for $20 with plans to restore. Did they use oak for their desks? This one is a mid-century modern style one with one small drawer in the centre and three largr drawers on the right. The left has straight round thin spindles instead of just two legs or feet. It’s blonde in colour. Any information you can dig up would be appreciated. How bedt to restore it so I do ‘devalue’ it accidentally?

    1. We haven’t sold any Gibbard furniture in oak but I can’t say it was never made! Feel free to send some photos via email or social media if you would like us to offer our thoughts on style, wood or value. With the current market for furniture how it is, I wouldn’t be worried about lowering its value by restoring a damaged piece. A professionally restored piece would sell in our store for a similar price to high quality originals

  5. Just wanted to say that the Gibbard tea wagon my parents received from my grandparents for a wedding gift in 1957, has been in my possession for 29 years and still beautiful. I would never sell it as I treasure it.

  6. Good evening!

    We have many pieces of furniture in mahogany from Gibbard. The hardware(door handle) is broken on one of the bookcases.

    Can you tell me who was the supplier for Gibbard Furniture and/or where can I buy a replacement part?

    Thanks

    1. Good evening Yvon! The handle will largely depend on the age of your bookcase. Some handles were made specifically for Gibbard and others were also used by other manufacturers but I couldn’t tell you which are which. You may be able to find a replacement on eBay, or you could post a picture of the handle you need as a Kijiji wanted ad. Or on Facebook MarketPlace. Another option would be contacting a local metal worker to custom make a new one, or fix the old one if it’s a clean break!

  7. Hi Adam,
    I sent an email a couple of weeks ago (with pictures) asking for advice on pricing a Gibbard bedroom suite for a private sale. I’m not always at the location of the phone number I included so may not have been available if you called. I would be pleased to hear from you by return email at your earliest convenience.

    Regards, Glenn Allen

  8. I have a china cabinet. In the drawer was a piece of paper, with a number and Geo Ass on it. It is a gibbards china cabinet. On the paper it read 1835. I have called gibbards in the past over the china cabinet. The number was the number of it, the name was most likely who made it. I still have the piece. Original wheels on it.

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