When we purchased an old boarding house, there were numerous antiques and collectibles, but the three chairs that have intrigued us the most were from the Charlotte Chair Company. I am including a picture of one of the chairs. We have 2 of these chairs, as well as a matching captain chair that has side arms. Do you have any information about these and what they might sell for or should be insured for? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Answer At first look one would think these were transitional Empire to Victorian chairs. In style they are but since the Charlotte chair company started in 1912 they would be reproduction chairs of the earlier period. This does not make them better or worse, just not period chairs.
The good news is that they have not been subjected to the usage of the additional 50-60 years. A fair retail in shop price, cleaned up and waxed and in good strong sturdy condition would be 250/350.
Many dealers and shops sell these as 1860s chairs, perhaps due to lack of experience since it is a common and understandable mistake.
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