I purchased this barber chair recently. The lady told me it was used in Michigan at lumber camps. Supposedly carried by horse and cart. Headrest and main wood frame have matching numbers. Metal frame also has a number. Chair does recline but no hydraulics. I am wondering who the maker might be as the tag is gone and there is no metal plate on the footrest. The footrest has a wood footrest. Also maybe a fair market value of the chair?
Answer since there were many manufacturers of these chairs, without the label we will never know the manufacturer. the metal might have foundry marks on it but that only tells of where the castings came from.
this style is from the 1870-80s. this is when they were in the arena of making these that tipped back some but still did not swivel or have hydraulics.
the wood is oak.
ones like this are not plentiful anymore, and the condition is good.
an in shop fair market value would depend on the venue but conservatively 12-1500$.
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