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I recently purchased this wicker high chair at a sale it is in reasonably great shape I was told it was to be from the late 1800s.  Would you have any idea of its timeframe or manufacture?  I have not been able to find anything out there that even resmbles this chair and I there appears to be no appraisers near my location.  Any information would be much appreciated

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Hi Matthew,

What a lovely wicker youth or child's highchair you have there! Did you get a good deal on it? If you can find no label anywhere on the chair, it makes determining the correct manufacturer difficult unless you can find the exact chair listed in a manufacturer's catalog of course.

I'm not surprised that you couldn't find a certified wicker furniture appraiser near you, since there are very, very few of them around qualified to appraise wicker in the whole United States. What state are you located in, by the way?

I am not an appraiser myself, but did quickly look through my reference books and could not locate this exact chair, sorry. But going from what I can see in the two pictures; the ball and stick design on the back, the set in close-woven cane seat, round reed loops, the patina and original stain and varnish finish, I would place this piece in the 1880s-1900s era. In the catalogs, these were referred to as a "child's table chair."

For an accurate and precise certified wicker furniture appraisal, contact author and appraiser Richard Saunders in Georgia. He is an advertiser on my National Furniture Repair Directory™ in the Wicker Repair section under the Georgia State heading.

For a fee, Richard will appraise your piece for you. Be sure to tell him I referred you so he knows where his business is coming from.  http://www.WickerWoman.com/furniture-repair-directory/wicker-experts#georgia

For hints and tips on caring for your wicker furniture and lots more, be sure to visit my site and read the Articles section and Wicker FAQ and others for starters!

Warmly,  

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I will answer any questions having to do with antique wicker furniture, wicker furniture repair and restoration, chair caning and all other types of chair seat weaving techniques and patterns. I DO NOT GIVE APPRAISALS or free WHAT IT'S WORTH valuations, nor do I buy/sell wicker furniture at this time.

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Since 1975 I've been repairing and restoring all types of wicker furniture from the 1880s-1940s, with a special interest in the Victorian era. I'm proficient in the repair and restoration of all types of chair seat weaving; hand-twisted cattail and bulrush, paper fiber rush, chair caning of all types, Shaker tape, Danish cord and seagrass. I also teach chair seat weaving at folk schools, basketry conventions and private individuals or groups. I also offer consultations, and will demonstrate and lecture on the craft topics of chair seating, wicker repair and basketry. I am also web master of WickerWoman.com, online since 1999 and founder and moderator of the Seatweaving & Chair Caning Forum since 2004.

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Founding member and first President of The SeatWeavers' Guild, Inc. (TSWG 2007-2011), Seatweaving & Chair Caning Forum founder and moderator (2004-present), charter member of the National Basketry Organization, numerous regional and state basket guilds, and member of the Basketmakers' and Chair Seaters' Association (BA) located in the United Kingdom.

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Woman's Day Budget Decorating Ideas 2006, Country Living August 2004, Finishing & Restoration Magazine, October 2002, Barbara Brabec's Handmade For Profit, Homemade Money-Starting Smart! and Homemade Money-Bringing in the Bucks!, Collector's Journal, Basketry Round-Up #2 by Shereen LaPlantz, Splint Woven Basketry by Robin Taylor Daugherty, 101 Best Home-Based Businesses for Women by Priscilla Y. Huff, Ralph & Terry Kovel's Yellow Pages of Restoration Experts, Small Town Minnesota from A-Z by Tony Andersen and monthly Wicker Furniture columnist for Minnesota's The Old Times newspaper in 1993 & 1994.

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High school graduate, self-taught, and "school of hard knocks" for all the rest!

Awards and Honors
I've been involved in several unique wicker restoration projects such as weaving two wicker chairs for the Johnson Wax Replica Sikorsky S-38 Amphibian Airplane in 1998, then two more in 2000 for Buzz Kaplan, owner of Born Again Restorations, the company that created the replica Sikorsky, and did the restoration of all the wicker furniture in the Itasca State Park, Bemidji, MN during their Centennial celebration in 1995. I've also served as Chair Seatweaving Mentor to an apprentice through the Minnesota State Arts Board Folk Art Grant program in 2000, been the recipient of a McKnight/Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC) Career Opportunity Grant in 2004, and the recipient of a McKnight/ARAC Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2005.

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