Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Take a Seat... It's Been Awhile

I have been kind of negligent on posting lately. It's not for lack of material as I have been finding some fabulous stuff recently. I guess because spring has come early, I have been working on other things like mushroom hunting, planting garden with my husband (we put 75 tomato plants in the ground by the end of March - unheard of in Missouri most years), and sprucing up the porch, patio, and deck. As I said, I have found time to go to garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets, too. Instead of inundating you with lots of finds at once, I think I will do several posts and concentrate on one or two of some the best in the last three weeks.

In March, I told you about this fantastic glass front cabinet I snatched up at the Edmonson Trading Post. Last weekend, they held their sale for the month of April and again, I was able to pick up some mid-century modern furniture - three chairs by the W.H. Gunlocke Chair Company, a US company located in Wayland, New York since 1902.

When I first saw the chairs, it was from this view and I was immediately drawn to them. What great clean lines. Since there was three of them, I originally assumed they were dining chairs (I don't know why) but after doing a little research, I am certain they were meant as office or board room chairs.

All of the chairs are in good condition. They need a little attention like maybe some Danish Oil, and there are a couple of little nicks and scratches on each but all in all, really sturdy and quite handsome. I can't believe no one had scooped them up as I went to the sale the second day and they were only $6 each.

 Each chair has a metal fob attached to it under the arm - a sign of a quality product, I think. And one chair had a complete paper tag on it and one a partial. They all had another smaller paper tag stapled along the bottom of the seat, as well. At first, I thought the "1977" was the year it was manufactured but I have now discovered that is the model number. Although I do not know the exact age of the chairs, I do know they were made sometime between 1940 and 1969. The "G" logo was established in 1940 and the company was sold in 1969 and renamed The Gunlocke Company.  Yes, that's quite a span of years but I was pleased to determine they are true mid-century modern. I haven't decided if I am keeping them because, really, I don't know what I would do with three office chairs (although they are way cool) but if not, I will probably list them on craigslist.

Has anybody had experience with Gunlocke chairs? Is there a site that has any listing of the model numbers and the year they were built? I love to know as much as I can about my items so any information would be much appreciated.

I'm linking to Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday - a couple of days late! Enjoy all the other finds of thrifters across the world.

1 comment:

  1. My name is Andrew Harris and I am interested in the chairs if you want to skip the whole ebay process unless you have already listed them. My email address is and my phone number is 903-520-8642. Please contact me if you still have the chairs and are interested.

    Andrew Harris