|Project by tbone||posted 02-15-2012 06:57 PM||1324 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
This is a chair that my mom bought a few years ago from an antique dealer. Someone had upholstered over the back on both sides, completely changing the Arts and Crafts look of it. When my mom died a few years ago, I ended up with it because neither my brother or sister wanted it.
Anyway, I ended up tearing it down completely, stripping off the old finish, and re-building it to the condition you see in the last two pictures. I wasn’t too concerned about destroying any value that it might have had because it had about a million upholstery tack holes from the obvious ‘after-market modifications’. The dealer told my mom it was a ‘Stickley’—(it’s not). There is no maker’s mark or any identification at all. I think it’s either an old Montgomery-Ward type of mass produced chair, or one of our Lumberjocks forefathers’ garage projects.
At any rate, I had fun rebuilding, refinishing, and reupholstering it so I could put it ‘back in service’ as a rocking chair. Plus, it reminds me of my mother, and it’s pretty comfortable. Like Merle Haggard says, “It’s not love, but it’s not bad.”
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