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Just trying to date my antique Koken barber chair that has

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Customer: Hi, just trying to date my antique Koken barber chair that has been in the family for 60+ years. It needs to be restored, so I am studying up on the best sources for knowledge, parts and repair skills.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Well, its a hydraulic Koken with a white porcelain base, handle, arm caps and seat base, the metal is all iron and not chromed...the footrest is cross hatched metal with the name "koken" in script.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


In order for me to properly assess what you have I will need to see images of the barber chair, and especially the metal work at the footrest area with the Koken logo.

Please send the photos at your convenience. There is not an extra charge to provide more pictures here.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have included pix of the actual metal work, plus a pic of another chair exactly like mine with porcelain pump handle and porcelain on only the end caps of the arm rests. Someone said it might be a Koken Jr...?
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


Thank you for the images. At your convenience, please send a top-to-bottom pic from front and side of the chair you own.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is pretty rough, in the "pre-restoration" stage. Here is a side photo, I don't know if a face on photo will do any good, but I will get one if you think it might help