upholstered armchair w/ horsehair stuffing and carved front feet

5 years ago #1

Can you help me identify these chairs? I hope to restore them some day but have always wondered if they were homemade or something more. If anyone knows anything about them I would appreciate any information.

5 years ago #2

Re; The chair.
Firstly, many thanks for all of the photo's, as they do provide very useful information.

A somewhat distressed object, perhaps from around the 1920's- 30's and made in the US.
The chair is serial produced and part of the normal manufacturing process and range.
Meant as a lounge, or easy chair and not a dining room object. A very sturdy construction, using a good thickness of wood and both a standard use of upholstery and springing. However, I am unable to establish the type of wood used based on the images, they are not however made of mahogany, or oak, but might be made of stained walnut.
This type of furniture is mass produced, up North by some of the larger manufactures of furniture
Unfortunately, there is little more that I can add to the images.
Restoring them is a major operation, but afterwards they will last forever and are also child proof, compared to some modern pieces.
Yours etc..DL

5 years ago #3

Thank you for your quick response and the information. I think restoring the wood will be the easiest part but I wasn't sure if it's best to replace the tied springs and horsehair padding or just go for something more current. What would you suggest?

5 years ago #4
Eve Waterhouse

I have been looking for the provenance of a very similar chair, without arms, but with some primitive carving on the chair front. The front legs of the chair have wooden casters on them

In removing all the upholstery prior to refinishing the wood, I found it had been upholstered at least twice, and that the first time, a gazillion teeny tiny nails that appear to be four sided tapering down to an extremely sharp tip were used to hold all the stuffing in place. The stuffing is horsehair, supplemented by cotton batting at some point between #1 and #2 redo's, and the springs and webbing all look exactly like yours. I bought it in a junk shop in Vermont.

Clearly it is a manufactured piece, with machine turned legs and a couple of other hints here and there. But I was very taken with the charming hand carving. See the pictures. It's about a slipper chair height.

Due to the nails, I'm thinking 1920's or 30's. They are not rose head nails, but they are not round nails either. I carefully saved all the nails to reuse in the reupholstering.

5 years ago #5
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Your sounds really good. But now it quite bit to find this type of nails in the market right now. I like that you have saved this nails. so you can reuse reupholstering. I try to find the chair for you which you want. Hope i assist you as well.

5 years ago #6
Eve Waterhouse

I'm' not looking for the chair, I have it. Unless you have some useful information to offer, don't bother to replyor try to sell me anything. I ain't buyin/

3 years ago #7

I have a pair of similar chairs, and am wondering what period/style they are, as well as their approximate retail value? Any help would be appreciated!

3 years ago #8
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The chair with the carved motif is EastLake period in style and origin.

3 years ago #9
Linda Anderson

I have a set of furniture like this as well. I do not have a picture available today, but will take one and post. I know that it has horsehair stuffing, but they have been reupholstered so the horsehair upholstery is now gone. I cannot find any brand markings on them anywhere, though inside stenciled in black are the numbers 1847.

3 years ago #10
Eastlake Chair

Many thanks. I actually did think this, and it's nice to have it confirmed, I love the style and have done some research into the Eastlake "school."

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