Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mystery Chair

I've been on a mission for several months to learn more about a chair I purchased more than a year ago.
I bought this in two pieces at a flea market for $20.00 and the girl I bought it from had no idea how it went together - I don't think she even knew it was a chair.  Since I was looking for a project, my intention was, of course, to paint it!

After I got it home and figured out how the pieces went together, it was obvious that this was no ordinary chair.  Before I did any rehab, it might be a good idea to learn more about it.

Here's the assembled chair - the seat can be adjusted up or down and the handle at the top of the back swings to the upright position or back down.  There are no other moving parts.  It does not fold up nor can the seat be flipped up or over.

 The 1st photo shows the seat in the highest position and the 2nd photo shows the seat in the lowest position.

I've contacted a couple of antique dealers who weren't able to tell me anything about it and where is the Antiques Roadshow when you need them??  So, I posted a photo online a couple of days ago and it's generated quite a few views and some interesting suggestions on the chair's history.  Check it out if you're curious and leave a comment here (or on Facebook) if you think you know what it is!

Guess I won't be painting this one anytime soon!

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