Antique Theatre Chairs? Does Anyone Know?

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  1. Tele-beeb

    Tele-beeb Friend of Leo's

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    I found these in an attic... wondering what they are and what they are worth... wanting to possibly turn them into a pedal... tdpri seems to know much... the seats look like leather? Maybe too old to be other material... thanks :)

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  2. Brad Pittiful

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    i think they were part of a four chair set with a card table...i couldnt tell you the year of them though
     
  3. Brad Pittiful

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    found them...looks to be louis rastetter and sons...solid kumfort wooden folding chairs...looks like they had a leather padded seat...yours look to be missing them...not sure of they came with a table as my quick search i didnt see any with a table...maybe you could search more and see if it came with a table
     
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    Those are cool,
     
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    Must be the aspect, but those look really short?
     
  6. Brad Pittiful

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    people were shorter 100 years ago! ;)
     
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    I found this chair out on the curb on trash day, turns out it was made at Eleanor Roosevelt's "Val Kill Industries" in the early '30s.

    I did some research on it and contacted a collector and he offered me a nice sum for it, but I decided to redo the seat and keep it. It's a great conversation piece but it is very small compared to our modern side chairs.

    After finding it on the side of the road.
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    After reweaving the seat. 8th grade shop class finally paid off! :D

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    I could have bought a nice telecaster with the money I was offered, but in the long run, the story and history of it means more to us. You just never know what you will find when you look into these things.
     
  8. Brad Pittiful

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    nice find and nice weaving job!
     
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    Thanks, knowing how to weave the seat was instrumental in making the decision to take it off the junk pile.
     
  10. Tele-beeb

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    Thanks Brad... and to all :)

    Very helpful... now I know where to start... thanks again to all :)
     
  11. cowboytwang

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    I was just in a shop today that had a set of four theater chairs, still together with cast iron base. They were asking $500 for the set. They were from the 1920s, from an old theater in Mexico City, VERY heavy, sturdy chairs. I've seen some like in your pic, and those go for at least $75 each and up depending on condition and where they are from and if you can prove where they are from.
     
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    I'm just curious why you call these "theatre chairs"? I spent my whole career working in theatrical design/technology and never saw anything like that in a theatre. ;)
     
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    Nice job!
    Take an index card or print on some paper and write down all the history you found about that chair. Put some clear finish on the document. Tuck it in the weave on the bottom of the chair. A great time capsule. That way the story will continue.
     
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    Around these parts those are called simply "folding chairs" and usually got set up around a "folding table" or "card table". I've got a Simmons folding table that would probably date real close to those chairs...indestructible. :lol:
     
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    We often refer to chairs of that ilk at "funeral chairs."

    :)
     
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