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    Posted 8 years ago

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    I acquired this brace-back chair at an outdoor flea market last summer. I had arrived late and the chair had been sitting all day in the hot sun with a price tag of $15. It seemed nobody else wanted it (I don't know why!) and so the fellow sold it to me for $8, plus he threw in a sepia-toned photo of a pretty young girl (shown in my next posting). I have purchased a fair bit of stuff from this guy over the past couple of years and he's been most kind to me and an enabler to my addiction... er, expanding collection.

    The chair requires some repair as most all the joints and spindles are loose. I'll need to take it all apart and re-glue but I'm waiting until I have a bit more confidence and knowledge. There's also a lot of wear on the wood, but I like that and intend to leave it as-is and not refinish it.

    I've researched this chair and found many similar styles but not this exact one (mostly the top piece is different). I've also read that reproductions of these types of chairs were mass-produced in the 1950s so I'm not sure what I have here, although I like to think I have an older original!

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    1. Trey Trey, 8 years ago
      CindB has a chair like this different at the top but same design.
    2. Kydur Kydur, 8 years ago
      Thanks for the heads-up Trey. I had a look at CindB's and although similar it has many subtle dissimilarities as well - most notably the center insert on the back and CindB's having two extra back spindles as well. Then there's the different top as you've already pointed out.

      With the mount of wear on the top edge I'm thinking that maybe a peaked top was cut down at some point and then sanded but never refinished... perhaps to be the right height for jamming under the bedroom doorknob!

      My chair also seems to be smaller than what one would expect a standard chair size to be, so I suspect it might be a child's chair, for the kid's table at the Thanksgiving Day feast.
    3. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 8 years ago,110&p=30261

      here try this.....rather then glue
    4. Kydur Kydur, 8 years ago
      Thanks Roy*, that sounds like the perfect solution. Sometimes procrastination pays off until a new solution is discovered or created!
    5. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 8 years ago
      I like old chairs,.. had a big bunch of them in my in-law's barn till it burned to the ground ....oh my lol ...lost them all, over 70 0f them...
    6. Kydur Kydur, 8 years ago
      Those kinds of stories always makes me sad, 70 chairs is quite a loss. I especially get upset when it happens to a warehouse of old classic cars.

      Have you used that Chair Doctor Glue stuff before, and if so would you recommend that I get the 2 or 4 oz. bottle? Nearly every joint will need to be dealt with on the chair I have, but I don't know how much is generally needed for each joint in order to estimate the quantity I would need.
    7. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 8 years ago
      4 0Z will give you more then you need but you can do some of your friends and show them how smart you are..,, smiling ..always have some around for the chairs in kitchen where the wood stove is matter how much water I put on top of the stove in the pan the air is hot and dry it ...even use it on some wooden handle tools if I don't have enough time to soak then in a pale of water for a few days to swell up ...good stuff,. sold at any hardware store or some thing just like it ...good luck..

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