Early American furniture is made from local woods that are rudimentary and utilitarian furniture. Modeled after European furniture styles, particularly came from Spain, Netherlands, France, England and Scandinavia. Early American furniture are simple, it has little ornament and has simple designs. The finishing used are oil varnish that emphasized the grain of the wood; opaque pigmented paint finish that obscures the grain of the wood; and wax finish paste over a sealer, stain or bare wood.
There are collections of some of the Early American furniture that can be found in various museums and other antique collections. The Pennsylvania Blanket Chest is an example of a patriotic piece of furniture. It has eagle design of the early Republic, a patriotic flag and it is a modest piece of furniture. The Kentucky Chest from the late 18th century that was made in Mason County has a stunning mahogany chest with inlaid bellflowers design and shells. The North Carolina Tea Table is rank among the best furniture made in the south that has beautiful design and fine carved. The Brewster Chair descended through the generations of the Brewster Family. The Campeachy Chair which is a Caribbean form adopted in Louisiana and Virginia, considered as the most comfortable seating furniture in early America.
The Boston Commode is made by skillful several master craftsmen. It has expert veneer work, carving and painted decoration. The Fancy Painted Chest has a bright and exuberantly painted exterior which is a rare survivor among American painted furniture. The New Orleans Armoire is a traditional French armoires used for storing linens and things brought by French immigrants who settled in Louisiana and lower Mississippi River. New York Kast that features colorful painted decoration brought by Dutch settlers in New York and New Jersey. The Connecticut Desk-and-Bookcase is a high style case piece designed with deep carved shells and floral decoration. It has bookcase, desk and base frame.