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    Posted 3 years ago

    trocar1970
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    I got this at an estate sale yesterday. I've never seen one with this rotating "lazy susan" seat. Can anyone help narrow down its use?

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    1. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 years ago
      It kinda reminds me of an old-timey piano stool, but I've never seen one with a back on it like that? Interesting piece!!
    2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      Sikes made both bar stools and chairs designed like this. Only place I ever actually saw them in use was as a drafting table chair.
    3. trocar1970, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the comments. A friend thought maybe a drafting chair, but the back makes that a question
    4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      If you take a moment and research vintage or antique drafting chair or stool you will find they did indeed have a back rest.
    5. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 years ago
      fhrjr2, I've got an old drafting table stool which I also thought of immediately, but to me trocar1970's chair looks to be shorter overall (esp when screwed mostly down, compared to the windowsill shown behind it) more like a piano bench in size. I'd also guess it was more intended to be used 'screwed together' than 'fully extended'...?? Still will fully admit I've never seen a piano stool in anything nearly this style (with or without the back) as they're much more commonly turned wooden things with glass ball feet...??

      Trocar1970, how big *is* it anyway?? :-)
    6. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      AnythingObscure I agree with your observation, however a drafting desk is 30" and the drafting table is usually 36" therefore you need to be able to adjust the seat as well as the drafting table.
    7. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 years ago
      It is also curious since the back is attached to its legs/frame instead of its seat...?? Here's mine:

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/244378-heavy-maple-institutional-commercial
    8. trocar1970, 3 years ago
      The seat is 14" across. Fully extended, the seat is 22.5" high, in down position 19"
    9. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      Anythingobscure I would have to counter with two things. First of all the one you posted the link for is much newer and also has the tilt adjustment which wasn't there years ago. Secondly the dimensions trocar1970 posted are right given that the drafting table is 36" and will be tilted for drafting/drawing.
    10. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 3 years ago
      I will do more research. I know Sikes and a couple others used this basic design. I have read but can't say from experience that the design was also used in warehouses like where women sat at a sewing machine all day in a factory type setting. Memory isn't my best friend anymore.
    11. trocar1970, 3 years ago
      Thank you, I'm stumbling around the tubes looking too.
    12. CanCollect CanCollect, 3 years ago
      Looks like an excellent quality "adjustable height" stool. Period. Nice piece!
    13. trocar1970, 3 years ago
      CanCollect: Thanks, I'm very pleased with it
    14. DavidFlohr, 2 years ago
      I am refinishing a round piano stool (which belongs to my church) which has the same "Cook Quality" height adjustment bracket, the same square but curved legs, plain feet (non-claw or ball feet) and the same square fluted center piece that the top screws into and which holds the adjuster. My stool does not have the back like yours and there aren't any holes in either the base or legs for something like that to be mounted. I've been trying to find the name of the original manufacturer but I suspect it was "C. A. Cook" from something else i found on the web. If you determine the age and mfg. please let me know. Mine also had a very dark stain mahogany like finish (unlike yours which is golden brown) that use to be put on oak furniture back in the day.
    15. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      I need to disagree again. I believe you will find cook quality is from the cook family that ran metal foundries and made cast iron hardware etc. The entire family, I think 5 or 6 brothers came here from Europe, Prussia and Bavaria I believe. They started their foundries in the mid 1800's and I think the last one went out of business around 1906. Some were bought out or merged but I believe the final one just folded. You will find the cook quality logo on many different types of stools and chairs but they didn't make the chair it is attached to.
    16. DavidFlohr, 2 years ago
      Thanks for that info. I thought that might be the case. Ive been looking at New York Piano Stool and Manufacturing Company stools in one edition of their catalogue I found on line. One is close but no cigar.....
    17. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      This is a long shot and I assure you won't be easy to research. You could try High Point Bending and Chair company. They were in business from around 1900 to 1948 or 50 when they became Boling Chair company. As I recall when it was High Point all their factories burned down and their furniture from the period is almost impossible to find and extremely valuable. There is very little info out there on High Point but I think there are archives from Boling which may or may not help. I am not sure if they still exist but I have seen sites that were strictly for people trying to identify High Point pieces. If all else fails it might be worth pursuing.
    18. trocar1970, 2 years ago
      Thanks for keeping the search going. I'll follow your leads and report any findings

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