Chair Identification and Age?

I'm trying to figure out how old this chair is and what style it is in. It is stuffed with horsehair, super solid and appears to be hand carved in a lot of the detail.


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December 22, 20200 found this helpful

This looks like a well-made chair. Look for markings underneath it. That will help you determine how old it is and what it is worth.

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December 25, 20200 found this helpful

I am fascinated by the chair as I have not been able to find anything similar in my resources.

Are you in the US?

The chair almost has a religious vibe to it with what looks like a stylized cross on the back--but not exactly.

It also has a vibe from the Norwegian Tyldal chair--but different on that too.

The spool arms and the back just don't go together with the mission style/religious vibe back (to me)...which makes me wonder if this was not a hand crafted piece--by a loving wood worker who put all of his favorite things into his chair or if it was a custom piece maybe for a church.

In thinking about the date, coil springs were used in the 18th century, but horsehair stuffing was not used until the 19th century and into the very early 20th century--so unless it was restuffed, that gives an very vague age, I am guessing in the very early 20th century.

Another thing that is puzzling, is the stringing though looks much to new to original--it would not be so white if it was old--it would be yellow or I am guessing there was work done on it in the mid 20th century if not later.

Do you have the missing arm? It is going to take some fancy wood working to recreate the arm if you don't!

It is a neat piece!! Maybe an antique dealer in your town who is familiar with the artists/craftspeople in your area's history would recognize it right away!

Post back what you learn! Thanks for sharing!

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