Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Bentwood chairs

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bentwood chair
bentwood chair  

detail of pressed back
detail of pressed back  
Hello,
I purchased 6 of the chair shown and they were sold at auction as being American, pressed back, bentwood kitchen chairs. Do they look American to you and if so do you have any idea of their date? Many thanks

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Colin - The straight slender spindles and the simple press design are actually a little conservative for Ame4ican chairs. Check out the ones on this site:

https://www.google.com/search?q=press+back+chairs&client=firefox-a&hs=dik&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=R358U__AG-7jsASvsIDIAQ&ved=0CEsQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=913#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=4ly9NQuU2YGMfM%253A%3BJWQ_Ya0NU17lVM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.johnsonsantiques.com%252Fproduct_images%252F112103965247ecd106b3e92-720x600.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.johnsonsantiques.com%252Fproduct.php%253Fproduct_id%253D923%3B720%3B600  

My guess is they are English, circa 1915, rather than American.

Thanks for writing.
Fred Taylor

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