Molesworth Furniture
The Original Western Style

Recently, at the elite Christie’s auction house, a pair of club chairs built by western furniture legend Thomas Molesworth sold for $80,500. That price seems even more amazing when you look closely at the photo below. Clearly these chairs supported quite a few dusty cowboy bottoms in their day!

Antique Molesworth chairs

At the same auction this Molesworth sofa sold for $25,000, the matching set of chairs went for $22,500 and the small leather and wood coffee table fetched $20,000.

molesworth auction

Molesworth built furniture from 1931 to 1961 at his shop in Cody, Wyoming and many of the wealthy and prestigious leaders of that time were his customers. Publisher Moses Annenberg was so enamored of the style that he commissioned 245 pieces for his ranch in Wyoming. The Rockefeller ranch in Jackson, and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s house in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania also featured Molesworth’s furniture.

While Molesworth originals may be priced out of reach for most people, this classic Western style is still accessible thanks to an elite group of furniture makers who continue the icon’s legacy.

Traditional Molesworth design arm chairs

Molesworth style beds

Molesworth style dresser with cowboy and horses

Interior designers often choose Molesworth style furnishings for their lodge and ranch projects because they add lively color and pattern, and they never go out of style. They are characterized by a combination of features including:

* Vertical pole detailing

* Silhouettes of cowboys, Indians or wildlife carved into the wood

* Wood burls – chunky rounded outgrowths on tree trunks and roots

* Large brass tacks

* Native American motifs

* Brightly colored leather and chimayo weaving

One of the most influential of Molesworth’s proteges was J. Michael Patrick, who founded New West Furniture in 1986. His commitment to promoting the artistry of Western furniture led to the launch of the Western Design Conference, held annually in Jackson, WY to honor the best in western furniture and fashion.

Patrick and New West Furniture produced hundreds of designs over the next 17 years and racked up many prestigious awards, including the coveted Metropolitan Home Design 100.

Molesworth bedroom furniture

Molesworth hutches, buffets and credenzas

Molesworth dressers for western bedrooms

Sadly, this pioneer of the western furniture resurgence died in a car accident in 2003, and the designs that made New West Furniture so popular were filed away.

Fortunately, one of New West’s top builders and designers is still creating Molesworth furniture, and has partnered with Rustic Artistry to provide highest quality Molesworth reproductions. Many of the pieces shown here were made by him and are available as shown, or can be customized to your preference.  

Examples of Molesworth furniture from


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For more information contact [email protected] or call 908-741-4317.

If you think you may be in possession of an original Molesworth that you’d like to sell,
please send a few photos to me via email or text and we can help.


8 thoughts on “Molesworth Furniture The Original Western Style

  1. Harold says:

    Back in 1990 I stayed at a ranch where they had several beautiful Molesworth sofas and chairs. At the time I had no idea who he was, I just knew that the furniture was comfortable, durable and looked amazing. Now I am always looking for this style for my own home, even if I can’t afford original pieces.

  2. Terri Stamm says:

    Is there a way I can tell if I have an orig. Molesworth table? It has a cowboy scene engraved in it. The top is appropriate 32″ and the base is strange looking (kinda looks like a stomach). Any info is helpful :). THANKS!!

    • Carole Rains says:

      Hi Terri, I sent you a note in case you don’t see this comment. Please email me a few photos of the piece and I will have my expert take a look. I know people who buy original Molesworth pieces so if you wish to sell I may be able to help you with that.

  3. Gail Sarver says:

    I believe I have several Molesworth pieces, sofa, love seat, chair, tables, lamps. If I send pictures can you take a look and let me know what you think?

    • Carole Rains says:

      Yes, we can look at the photos and make a determination if they appear to be original Molesworth. If you wish to sell them let me know and we can help with that.

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