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QUESTION: Hi Bob!  I picked up two of these chairs from a church garage sale and was wondering if you could help me with the style and age.  They appear to be upholstered in a leather look material w/ black horse hair type stuffing.  I have no idea where they are from, what period of time they are from, nor the style of furniture that they are.  Also, what would the estimated value be on a pair of these if they were reupholstered, or are these those chairs that would be more valuable left in their original condition.  There are no marks/labels on the bottom at all.

Let me know if more photos would be of assistance.

Thanks in advance for your time!
Debbie

ANSWER: 1890-1900.  oak.  jacobean style.

wax only.  dark brown, toluene free Briwax.  do the seats too.  dont change anything.

I sold a set of 7 similar chairs two years ago that had a bit more carving with cane seat and cane in an oval in the back at 350 each as is.

if I had a set of what you have, 6 or 8.  I would ask 400/450 each as is.  insurance replacement value is higher.

the carving has good relief so they are not 1930s chairs as many of this style are.

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QUESTION: Thanks so much Bob!  What a nice surprise. I can't remember if I paid $10 each of $10 for the pair.  Looks like I scored no matter which it was.

ANSWER: they are nice ones, you scored a hat trick

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QUESTION: Hi again Bob.  I ordered the Briwax online and received it today.  What is the best method of application/buffing for these chairs with all the carving?

In the past, I've only applied wax to smooth surfaces, not carved.

I'd appreciate any help you can offer as I don't want to devalue them in the process.

Thanks again!
Debbie

Answer
vacuum the dust off first.

apply the wax with a cotton rag and round shoe polish brush.  A little is best.  shouldnt be globs on the chair.  gently and sparingly.

use a regular shoe brush on the carving to buff it once dry.  cotton rag on the flats.

you cant hurt anything.  go after it.

should take an hour per chair.

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Regarding American antique, vintage, and collectible furniture I can help with wood identification, styles, age, periods, historical coatings, materials, techniques, repair, restoration, refinishing. Please read instructions for posting.

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I have been in the antiques furniture and restoration business and in the sales of American antique furniture for 40+ years and have continued my education in the trade attending workshops and seminars through several organizations.

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