I found this Phoenix Chair Company chair at a resale shop for $7 -- I thought it was just adorable! The number on the bottom is 1702-13. Any idea what the value might be?
I also found the handcarved chairs you see in the background -- do you recognize those at all?
Answer Kristin - Your chair is a hoop back (shape of the back) brace back (the two extra braces that support the hoop) Windsor chair. A Windsor chair is a chair in which no vertical element runs continuously from top to bottom. All vertical elements terminate in the seat. It is based on a late 18th century New England Colonial design. The seat is natural cattail rush.
The chair was made during the Depression era of the late 1920s to late 1930s. It appears to have been painted black. It is made of birch and originally probably had a walnut finish.
The chairs in the background are folk art chairs. The server in the background is Empire Revival, circa 1890, made of mahogany.
Your chair would sell at auction in the $35 range.
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