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"The brass tag is the mark of a local trade association known as the Grand Rapids Furniture Makers Guild. The Grand Rapids Furniture Makers Guild was formed in 1931 to cooperatively market Grand Rapids products during the Depression. According to the book "Grand Rapids Furniture - The Story of America's Furniture City" by Christian Carron, published by the Public Museum of Grand Rapids, virtually every piece of furniture sold by a Guild dealer was registered by a number and marked with a special tag identifying it as "Guild Certified" and often had no other identification. Each tag was individually numbered--in fact they made a big deal about this in their ads--but the records of what those serial numbers meant or to which company they were assigned has been lost."

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