I have a pair of chairs (one rocker and one regular chair) that my mother's mother gave to my parents when they got married.(Dec.1949) I have no idea if they were new or older when they were given to them but I would like to try to find out something about them. They are solid wood (oak, I believe), with round seats and backs and have what I think are monks faces carved into the seatback. Any info or place to go to find out more would be appreciated.
I haven't tried to get any info from anyone yet. I hope the right picture comes through, I'm not all that good with computers.
Good Afternoon,I received the picture, I am going to do some further research to see what these chairs are. Are there any kind of signatures on the feet, rocker blades, or under the seat?Thanks,Frank
Sorry it took so long to respond, I was away for awhile. No there isn't any kind of signature or label/manufacture's mark anywhere on either chair. I will tell you that there are flathead screws holding some parts together, but I don't mean like repairs.
Thank you for that information. I am currently researching them and getting a second appraisers opinion on the value. I think they are around 1900-1910 but I wanted to have a second set of eyes on them before I got back to you. Are you looking to resell or insure the chairs? Or is this just something you wanted to learn more about?Thanks for your patience Fred,Frank
They've been in the family all this time, so I'm not real sure, but it would be nice to know if they should be insured.
From the research I have done, your pair of chairs appear to be European. Possibly German or swiss made. They both have a box stretcher construction, with bulbous sausage style turnings on both legs.The chairs appear to have as you said the monk's face carved into he backs. This are very unusual chairs. I would recommend insuring them. If I were going to appraise them at a fair market price I would say for the pair around 400, 225 for the rocker and 175 for the chair. As far as an insurance price I would say somewhere between 600-700 for the pair. They look to be one of a kind chairs. I have seen similar German carvings with the wind as the face blowing a gust of air, but not like these. These are more than likely turn of the century,1900-1920, Oak was prevalent in furniture production at this time.I Hope this information was helpful to you in your research,Best of luck with the chairs,Frank
Thank you for your help, we've always wondered about these chairs and now we have some idea of how old they are, what they're worth and where they're from. Thanks again and have a good day and a great and safe Fourt of July.
Thank you very much Fred for your time, I hope that it was a good start to your research.If you could leave me any feedback I would greatly appreciate it. Have a great holiday,Frank
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