Craigslist find - 1800s or 1880s probably Mahogany Empire chairs - $50

10 months ago
last modified: 10 months ago

I am currently trying to find out as much as I can about these two chairs I just bought. From what I found on-line they are probably 1800s-1840s Empire or 1880s Empire style chairs. Can anyone add or clarify info?

The one with wheels has wood wheels. They both have paw feet. The rocker was butchered by the previous owner trying to reupholster it but it appears the wood damage is not too bad. Unfortunately he threw out the horsehair stuffing. Grrrr.

Thankfully the wood all around is in good shape. It must be very hard wood. There is only one loose joint at the side panel of the chair.

I snapped some pictures of them before banishing them to our office room. The previous owners lied about them being from a non-smoking home.

I am going to get them refinished and reupholstered in more of a western style vs their probable more victorian original style.

Would love suggestions on fabrics as I'm not very talented with interior decorating.

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