Many of us purchased locally made furniture when we were in Taiwan. A couple of years ago, I wrote about the coffee table and end table set I bought during 1974. I can't recall the name of the shop, but I know it was within easy walking distance of the compound. As I wrote earlier, I started looking at these shortly after my arrival in 1973 and finally bought this set a few weeks before my departure.
When we decided to downsize about four years ago, one of our daughters asked for the set, which she and her husband hauled up to their Minnesota home. We drove up to the Frozen North a few days ago for a visit and I took a couple of pictures to post here.
This is an example of what was called an "APO set" because the coffee table could be disassembled into three sections and mailed through the post office back to the States. The set is made of teak and camphor woods with marble set into the tops and solid brass pulls on all doors. It is quite heavy and I tried to avoid moving it around the house as much as possible. After several household moves and exposure to numerous kids and grandkids, it has a few small nicks and scratches, but it still looks almost as good as the day it was delivered.
I don't have any idea what a similar set would cost today -- if you could find one -- but I think I paid about $120 for it in 1974. That was still a princely sum in those days, but very reasonable for something of this quality.