EDIT June 2015 – I am receiving an increased number of requests for information on particular chairs and appraisals. While I love to see original chairs, I am not in a position to give advice on the value or restoration of chairs. I simply find patent furniture to be a fascinating research subject.
A while back I was asked to look into the seats for chairs, especially folding chairs. It has been quite some time and technically I just have a bunch of notes. Over the next several posts, I’ll be sharing some of these notes in a roughly organized format. We will look at the original seats on chairs, illustrations for homemade seats and cushions.
Let’s start by looking at the seats and backs on some original folding chairs. Each of these chairs are appear to have their original seats and backs. The chairs date from the 1860s through the end of the century.
This faded and worn seat comes from my later century chair. Notice the wreath central design and floral corner motifs. The use of a central motif surrounded by corner or border motifs seem to be fairly common for these chairs. The seats and backs seem to mostly be either tapestry twill woven similar to an ingrain carpet or done in needlepoint.
This chair, circa 1870-90s, has a duo of lilies as the central motif. The borders are a combination of geometrics and florals.
This chair, the one of this set closest to the CW era, has a central design with a floral-esque border. You will notice that the red color can be found in each of the chair seats and backs here. I do not know if this was because this was a common color or if this color just lasted well.
These scenic designs are found on an Eastlake style chair. I wish I could get a closer look at this one to determine the construction method. The lines in the edge of the red appear to be carpet-like.