Posted 3 years ago
I found these chairs on craigslist about a year ago. They were in horrible shape. One had many many little green paint spots on it, as if it had been in a place where cars were spray painted. I refinished them all, finally deciding to use tung oil rather than stain so as to keep the lovely wood and veneer. I then recaned them, using the same size cane (fine fine) that was on the one chair that still had a vestige of cane left.
I believe these chairs are oak; they are very very heavy. They are now truly beautiful, but I can't find much about them, though I have searched 4 books on American chairs. All I can find out is that they are apparently
factory made. The closest brand I could find with anything like these is Johnson, Perley, & Waite, but I have no idea if this is correct. I believe they are late 19th C. Any ideas? Do they appear to be oak? Would any other wood be heavy?