Identifying a Vintage Cane Back Chair

I have this chair. It is possibly vintage. I'm having trouble identifying this chair and it has no serial numbers or company names or who is it made by.


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December 10, 20190 found this helpful

Many companies made this kind of chair in the 1950s and 1960s. I personally dont think it is valuable. It was probably part of a dining room set.

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December 11, 20190 found this helpful

This is a mass produced chair,made to look like a favorite classic in the 50's/60's. Maybe get a better price with bid!

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December 11, 20190 found this helpful

Martinsville, Broyhill, Thomsville, and most of the store brands of the day (from major department stores) all made chairs like this from the 1950s-1970s and some probably do still today...I haven't looked at new pieces lately.

Most of the time the brand was either on a paper tag under the chair or had a hang tag in the store, which is why these are so hard to ID as paper is long gone after a while.

It is possible the name is on the wood under the upholstery. The upholstery looks very late 1980s-early 1990s and does not appear to have been a professional recovering, so they could have covered over the name.


Your chair does not have a lot of detail (no decorative back and the turns of the wood are very simple), so I would lean to a store brand or one of the name brands' more affordable furniture lines.

The higher end versions had decorative friezes on the back like flowers or pineapples, for example. They also had more ornately turned balusters.

Are the chairs sturdy (no wobble)? Do they have any smell? How many do you have?

If they are clean and sturdy, where I am they would fetch about $10 each in most markets. I also see them as sets of 6 for $50. Now that is asking price....I have not seen any SOLD in a long time and sold prices = current market value.

The thing with furniture sales is they are very regional, so you may be in a place where there is a high demand for retro pieces like this and you could fetch more.


If you have a good furniture resale shop in your town inquire as to how much it would cost to buy chairs like this (vintage, cane back, shaker style dining chair). You can expect to fetch less than retail if you sell on your own, but it will give you a good starting point for what your market will bear.

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December 11, 20190 found this helpful

Back in the 50s and 60s, companies made chairs like this as part of a dining room set. If there are no marking on the chair then it falls into this category. If you want to learn more than this you can visit a vintage or antique shop in your area. They should know a bit more about this chair.

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December 11, 20190 found this helpful

I agree with Pghgirl that it is too difficult to tell with only a picture and no markings. Definitely new seat cover which could have covered markings but most likely this is an older 'knock-off' of the chairs that were popular a few years ago. many furniture plants made the chairs and sold to different companies; usually in large quantities as dining room chairs while other furniture plants made tables and bedroom sets.


It's strange but a lot of furniture plants did not make chairs so there must be a reason - maybe chairs take a special set up that is not used very often.

Sorry, I just cannot think of any way to research your chair as this type of chair can be found in the hundreds on the internet and there is no way to narrow the search.

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