Posted 2 years ago
I bought this chair, missing it’s cushions, from ReStore for $20. I really loved the smooth rocking and absolutely no squeaks from those old slightly rusty springs!
I thought researching the springs would help me conclude when it was made, roughly.
However, those same springs are available new now, so that was a dead end.
I noticed etching on one of the springs so I tried researching that: it says Hi-Co in a distinctive style of script that I have not seen before. That script may help identify some company’s logo and name but I cannot find it.
I also see what looks like someone scratched their own initials on the spring, just after the letters “Co”.
That’s probably the man who assembled the chair and applied the varnish.
If all else fails, there’s always that National Database of fingerprints....the guy left a couple of really good prints on the spring in varnish!
;^D I watch too much crime TV!
I know this is a wingback spring rocker.
The varnish was totally smoothly worn off the armrests where hands would rest. The wood I could see there has a very tight grain which I thought may be maple
From the underside of the seat, which was probably covered with upholstery since the square of fabric over the springs was absolutely clean, I could see a difference in the wood grain and assumed it’s a secondary wood.
I know the chair was well used and well cared for. All the joints were tight, nothing to re-glue, no defects to repair or cover up.
My living room doesn’t need any more brown wood so I knew painting and sewing were going on my agenda!
I love bright colors and a touch of whimsy in my surroundings so here’s my final product!
The fabric had so many different birds with different body styles, and plumage, some with cute expressions ,I didn’t want to leave any of them out. I managed to include all the birds and branches by making both cushions reversible. The loops on the back cushion are attached in a manner which will let them swivel to accommodate the cushion being turned either direction.
I’m aghast when I see beautiful antique furniture painted over, forever ruined. However, I didn’t think this chair really had any more value than the $20 I paid for it and with a bit of time at the sewing machine and 2 cans of spray paint, I got my version of a “Happy Chair” that looks pretty and cheerful in my living room!
Thanks for looking!
I hope CW folks will tell me about this style chair and roughly when it may have been made (I thought maybe the 1960s).
I almost forgot about the tiny chair: it set me back $4. I bought it at same place/ same day.
I’m leaving it exactly as is.
I welcome all comments!