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    Era of certain chairs

    I am wndering if there is a website that has pics of chairs and when they where made? There are four chairs that I am refinishing and was wonder about there age.The are made from red oak, maybe QS. My guess would be around 1950's?


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    Wish I could help you. Looks like a nice chair though.

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    From what I can see of the grain is qsro, burried under 6 coats of paint. Iwill show pics when there finished.

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    Hi Al, my guess is a little earlier, perhaps 1930-40s or so. These chairs are pretty often matched to small dinning sets so they come in 4's, often with a small table and narrow buffet. Quite often the buffets are constructed of common stock and veneered to upgrade their appearance. This kept the prices low, allowing them to be within the reach of the common man.
    The chairs are distinctly 'machine- made" and lack what we would consider a specific style showing elements of a variety of earlier styles like art deco but having saber rear legs and turned front legs with smooth rungs.. a real bag of styles. I've seen quite a few sets in soft maple which was easily worked as we know, readily available, cheap and could be finished in different tones. I haven't seen many in oak, but that may be more common regionally. There are a ton of these in 'cottage country', most with several layers of paint or that lovely graining paint so popular 30-40 years ago.

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    Gotta agree with Rick. The picture reminds me of flea market specials. Sorry.

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