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Take a Seat in a 1900 to 1950 Antique Chair

Antique chairs made between 1900 and 1950 may be perfect for your home or office. Their sturdy construction and great style often make them highly attractive in many situations, including living rooms, dining rooms, and home offices. Before you start looking for stylish antique chairs for sale on eBay, learn a little about them.

Furniture styles from 1900 to 1950

Chairs are often highly representative of the furniture style that was popular when their artisans made them. Options between 1900 and 1950 include:

  • Elizabethan: Often viewed as a subset of Victorian furniture, this period lasting from 1850 to 1915 saw the creation of chairs with high narrow backs. Builders used a wide variety of leg styles, including spindle, baluster-turned, and spindle-turned. Often, craftsmen added needlework to the seats while others added painted decorations.
  • Louis XVI: Ebony and rosewood were often used to create chairs decorated with ovals, arches, applied medallions, wreaths, and garlands. Chairs have either straight or slightly tapered legs.
  • Naturalistic: Builders learned to laminate thin pieces of wood together to create ornate chairs during this period running from 1850 to 1911. Tools became more refined so that builders could carve realistic leaves.
  • Arts and crafts: Builders worked with oak to create functional furniture that they often left natural. They may also have chosen to fume or paint it. Many chairs have thin, tapered legs.
  • Art Deco: Craftsmen created chairs with straight lines and gentle curves using lacquered woods, glass, and steel. Chairs were built either extremely low or extremely high.
Shopmarks used by the Stickley Brothers

The Stickley Brothers was one of the most prolific chair builders during the first half of the 20th century. Their chairs often bring a premium price on eBay. Looking for a shopmark can help you narrow down the chair's maker and approximate age. Common Stickley Brothers shopmarks include:

  • United Crafts Mark: Gustav Stickley's first shopmark created in 1902 showed a joiner's compass with his signature and the phrase "Als ik kan" under it. Various other designs bear the same elements in different orders.
  • The Onondaga Shops: Paying tribute to where they made their furniture, there were a variety of these labels between 1903 and 1906 reading The Onondaga Shops and L. and J.G. Stickley.
  • Handcraft: As the brothers started making Mission-style chairs, they changed their shopmark to be a hand-screw logo with their names written on it.
  • L. & J.G. Stickley Mark: In about 1912, as the company continued to expand, the shopmark was changed to a simple rectangle.
  • L. & J.G. Stickley Brand: Since 1925, the company has used a simple wooden-looking sign with Stickley Fayetteville Syracuse written on it.
Factors determining an antique chair's value

Several factors determine the value of an antique chair on eBay. Usually, the older the chair, the more it is worth. If a well-known maker made the chair, then it is typically worth more money. Chairs that are structurally sound usually carry a higher value.

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