Gustav Stickley Armchair, ca. 1905
I bought it at a thrift store about three years ago. I turned it over and I didn't see a label, so I thought, "Well, maybe it isn't," but it really looked like a Stickley. The price was good, so I decided to get it.
Okay, what did you pay for it?
Well, it was half-price day, so the original price was $25, but I paid $12.50 because it was half-off.
$12.50, okay, okay, good.
Yes, Wednesdays were half-off days, so...
Well, good eye. So it does have a couple of labels on it. The one under here is the early craftsman label for Gustav Stickley, so you were right on target with Stickley. There's another label on the back. Those two Stickley labels tell us that this is produced by the Stickley shop in about 1904 to 1907, so it's a good early Stickley chair. This is a tall-back spindle chair, and it's got a lot of things going for it: simplicity of design, purity, integrity in the way it's made. All of those things are really embodied in this chair. Great original surface here, and in Arts and Crafts furniture, that's very important. These occasionally do come up at auction. On the current market, I would expect this chair to bring between $2,000 and $3,000.
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