Friday, April 3, 2009

1930's Over Stuffed - Mohair I

These have been coming my way either in spring or late summer over the past few years. More than a few of my customer's have chosen mohair as new covering for 1930's overstuffed and some like to mix pattern with solid, using jaquards and tapestries or velvet and jacquards patterns.  These curves do like a heavier weight fabric, even though it can be a bear to sew the multi-thicknesses of boxing, welt cording, and plates when it's time to construct the cushion cover. But I also love the very vintage 2 tone effect with tapestry top and woven or solid body. Also great success in chenille. Many examples, may make a few posts on this. Guess I'll start with the most over-the-top design of chair, from summer 08 that turned out really well...

This animal was completely restored, frame reglued, rewebbed, springs reset, curled hair spring pad resewn. New cotton padding, the works. Topped with an olivey brown mohair and decorative nail trim.

This chair just took on a life of it's own. I mean, it already had one, but as it retook shape accented with that crazy medieval carving on the arms...and the way the back comes up, but curls back kind of, too...I was delighted even while cursing the thick channels that refused to budge and get stuffed in at deck near all those tough springs.  Maybe next time channel 1st, deck second...


  1. I have an all original 1920's or 1930's club chair with carved plates on the front of the arms and feet. It has the original rust cut velvet upholstry in a lily pattern. How would I find out the value of this chair. It is in remarkably good condition and all origianl.

  2. Furniture made in the heyday of Mass Manufacturing that seem exotic and rare by today's standards,were just factory pieces rolled off the assembly line back then, tho' oft times better quality those made today. If there's no name attached, you'll be hard pressed to find info. Check out some books at the library and learn about antique and furniture appraisal. You can also check it's value then by internet searches on what similar things are going for and take into consideration each piece's condition. Check completed auctions/local transactions via Craigslist, finer furniture galleries etc. Furniture and textile identification is a time consuming (pre)occupation where there are seldom quick answers and usually mean years of study.


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Here's a post from a while back that had lost it's image links.  Someone was asking about Cogswell chairs just yesterday, so...