I a trying to identify the year and type of these chairs. The name on the backs of the legs say "Mayhew" "Milwaukee". Any help would be appreciated!
Hello irishwake, welcome to the forum here I hope you will enjoy it.
I have tried to find out more based on the description you gave me but to no avail as yet. I will keep you updated tho if I ever run into something that could be helpful to your question
I have a chair idential to the one in your picture except for the fabric. We have had it for almost 30 years and before that it belonged to my husbands parents who lived in Milwaukee. I'm not sure if they go back farther than that or not. He isn't home right now to ask.
It also has the label you described. I am getting ready to reupholster it in the next month or so.
My husband just got home and he said it was his grandmother's chair. Or possibly her father's chair (His great grandfather). They lived in Wausau all of thier lives. He remembers it in his grandmother's house from when he was very little. He is now 58.
OMG!! I just posted a ? about my Mayhew chair before seeing yours! ( I'm new to this) I did a long search and have only come up w/ some guys in London in the 1700's ( I think) so not from Wi.
Hopefully someone will know something! I LOVE my chair! Good luck! April
This is really interesting. I also try to find information about this Mayhew in the U.S. but usually the results I am getting on google are about a company that was set up in 1982 only. My books don't tell anything about a Mayhew having been active in the early 20th century.
I will keep on looking though. This is much too interesting to let it pass by without having an answer to it.
Good Morning! Here are a couple of sites I checked out re: the name " Mayhew" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ince_and_Mayhew http://chestofbooks.com/home ( This site is great with LOTS of info about many diff styles of furniture and history!)
My Google searches found lots of info on the guys in England from the late 1700's (Ince and Mayhew) but I can find nothing about Mayhew in the US. The English lads made furniture that was often mistaken for Heppelwhite and Chippendale.Now I'm really interested to find out more!
Good luck, keep in touch! April
I did find that it was store in the 50's along the lines of Sears - JC Penney. Basically not much to write home about. It is definitely not a high dollar piece.
Well, the company was in business in 1911. I have a bunch of letters from them to a leading furniture retailer here in Cleveland. Sorry, no catalog or other material to help me find your chair. If you are interested in purchasing one of these letters for $10.00, let me know. Content is typical business talk.
wow i found one that is a rocking chair, same color and design, at a garge sale,same color same pattern, but rocking chair ,i loce it,but cant find any information out about it.yours is beautiful
I have the identical chair. My grandfather came into possession of it in the 60's when I was a child and it was a fairly old chair then. There is a 1910 ad for the company, showing the exact label, for sale on Amazon.