Help identifying an Eames-style lounger and dogbone chair?

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redlotus
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Help identifying an Eames-style lounger and dogbone chair?

Postby redlotus » Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:37 pm

Hi folks! Brand new to the forum but long-time MCM lover. :)

I hit the jackpot today on Craigslist and scored an Eames-style lounge chair in perfect condition for $35! I know it's not a genuine Eames because you can see the bolt heads, but for the life of me I can't figure out who made it and when. It has five spokes on the base, which is chrome, and I know many of the Plycraft models only did four. The back rail supports are wooden, and there's no tufting on the seat cushion and no holes where buttons might be missing. It tilts back quite far. Can anyone help me identify the maker, when it was made, and it's possible value? I unfortunately do not have the ottoman, just the chair, but I've wanted one of these FOREVER and I'm just thrilled that I got one so cheap, even if it's not a "real" Eames.

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I also scored a vitnage wooden dining chair for $6 at the local thrift store this week that is VERY like a Herman Wakefield "dog bone" chair, with slight differences. the cut-out on the back is larger and the legs more angled, I think. Any idea who made this and what it might be worth? I adore it's lines and character, so I love it regardless of its value, but I'm curious as to who the maker is! Is it possible it's a HW, just a more rare variety of dog bone chair, or is it a knock-off?

Chair: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/819/img4529l.jpg/

Thanks in advance!
Red

egads
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Postby egads » Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:19 pm

The dog bone originator was Haywood Wakefield, not Herman. HW made quality middle class furniture staring before the MCM period. The good "Early American" stuff was often also theirs. Even the dog bone stuff was available in three finishes I think. I think you are right that your example is off enough to probably be a knock off. Only true original stuff has much value. Same thing with the knock off Eames loungers. Especially without the ottoman. On my local craig's list, new knock offs & old Plycraft sets in decent condition fetch about $600. This listing:
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/fu ... 98081.html
is a lot like yours except for the buttons (five legs on the chair)

redlotus
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Postby redlotus » Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:59 pm

*facepalm*

Sorry about the Haywood/Herman mix-up. I do actually know the difference LOL, but I'm recovering from surgery and on heavy painkillers so I'm not at my most coherent. :D

Thanks for the info. Even if neither of them are worth a fortune, I really like both finds so I'm a happy camper. Even if the Eames knock-off is only worth $600, that's $565 more than I pad for it! :)


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