Antique Furniture/Conant Ball Chair
QUESTION: I have a Conant Ball Chair (see pictures) that my parents purchsed from Duckloe Brothers in Portland,PA in (I believe) the 1960's. After much online research, I have been unable to find anything close to this chair. I came across your website the other day and I hope you can help me. As I am retired and "downsizing", I would like to sell it, but haven't a clue as to HOW MUCH IT MIGHT BE WORTH.
I have included pictures, but will clarify some of the information in them. The chair is is good shape though it needs to be cleaned (grime on the arms, etc). There are no longer any cushions for it. The vendor is Duckloe Bros (#8151). The numbers stamped on the bottom are 3121 (piece number) and 1588(I don't know what this number is). The finish number is 2. The cover number is 802. I believe it is maple. I can send additional pictures, if necessary. (I didn't realize I could only send 2.)
If you could give me a 'ballpark' as to value and any other information, it would be much appreciated. Thank you, Fred
ANSWER: answered by email
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QUESTION: I received your reply that my question has been answered by email, but I did not receive that email. Could you possibly resend it? Thank you, Fred
the chair cleaned up would sell at 100-150 in a retail setting and with cushions add about 150..
all the numbering relates to factory info, color, style, inventory or style numbers.
regarded as colonial revival. birch, maple or cherry.
as collectable as this is becoming, pricing is not up yet.
This is for the lurkers who will state with conviction that all conant ball furniture is birch.
about woods. when a company purchases a load of wood, the wood lot it is cut from will have several species of wood with obvious similar characteristics in the same lot. this wood will be cut and sent to the mill to be cut into lumber. it is rarely separated unless there are obvious differences (like oak and cherry for example). you might have a lot with magnolia, tulip poplar and cottonwood in the same stand or lot which is cut and milled and sold as poplar, just as birch, maple, cherry or other similar woods are cut and milled together.
another example would be white and red oak. some red oak looks white, some wite oak looks red but the characteristics can be seen and differentiated by a trained eye.