Thursday, November 30, 2006

Superb Chair...

Check out this incredible chair. Obviously of Hunzinger design, this one is stamped and is listed on eBay for $600. I'll try to post an update with it's final price.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Folding Stool

This is something I have not seen before - a folding stool atributed to Hunzinger. No date stamp is shown. Nor is a patent mark indicated. But the style is fairly similar to his other work. It is listing on eBay - starting bid $150.00.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Folding Chair - 1866

Hunzinger folding chair. Feb 6, 1866. Stamped. This piece was listed on eBay with a starting bid at $499. Seller claims original fabric. Unsold as of yet.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Hunzinger Chair?

This chair was listed on eBay as being a Hunzinger. I'm not totally convinced. Other than having brass casters, there does not seem to be anything remotely similar to his other furniture. The seller did not show images of a Hunzinger mark. The piece sold for $600 at a live auction.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Folding Chair

This Hunzinger folding chair is marked as being designed on the Feb 6, 1866 Patent. It is listed on for $1295.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Another Patent - May 9, 99

Christa found this Hunzinger patent tag on a piece listed on eBay. I'll be looking it up soon... only 499 patents awarded that day... may take a while to look through.
UPDATE: I found it! U.S. Patent No. 624812

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Folding Chair

This Hunzinger folding chair was recently listed on a live eBay auction. We placed an absentee bid on it, but did not win. We were somewhat surprised that the piece went for $250 as it appeared to be in very poor shape. The people who listed it indicated that the chair was stamped: Hunzinger Pat. May 19, 1870.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Book

The Furniture of George Hunzinger: Invention and Innovation in Nineteenth-Century America

By Barry Harwood

This is the only text I can find soley dedicated to Hunzinger's furniture. It was part of an exibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Unfortunately, you can't get any more copies from there any longer. So if you are looking for one, you will have to get it second hand. The lowest price I could find for the text was $190. I'll probably get one sometime... hopefully I can find someone that is not selling it for that much.

Monday, November 13, 2006

The Mother-Lode - Excerpts from Harwood's Book

I found an Antique auction house that published several selections from Harwood's book on Hunzinger. As the book is no longer avaiable, these are the only pages I have been able to actually view. Here is the link.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Hunzinger folding chair - 1873

This signed Hunzinger folding chair sold for $250 on an eBay auction this week. I suspect it would have gone for more except for the very poor condition of the aphostery. According to the seller, there is a Patent marked: May 19, 1870. However, I checked that date and found that no patents were issued on that date. Possibly it was mis-read...
UPDATE: This appears to be under the Patent 138892 - May 13, 1873

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Another patent date found: Feb 13, 1894

I found another patent date stamped in the caster that was on my rocker. The date is: Feb 13, 1894. There are only 479 patents that were issued that day... this whole patent searching thing will take some time....

Friday, November 10, 2006

US Pat. 88297 - March 30, 1869

This is George Hunzinger's patent for an improved chair. The patent date is March 30, 1869. The patent number is 88297.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Platform Rocker

Another Hunzinger platform rocker. This one is neat in that it has some sort of embossed leather back. You can also clearly see the patented spring mechanism. Very cool.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Lollipop Platform Rocker

Hunzinger evidently did a lot of these turned pieces with a round top. They are frequently listed for sale as lollipop chairs or rockers. This one is on the platform rocker base.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Hunzinger Standard Rocker

This is a modified lollipop rocking chair on a conventional rocker base. It listed for $899, but did not sell. I suspect it was overpriced. Probably would have sold for $250 as there were several screws missing and the finish was quite worn. Or it could be the awful fabric that someone put on it.

Hunzinger Folding Chair

This signed-stamped chair went for $149 on eBay. This is probably low for the piece as it is stamped and the finish appears in good condition. There was only one bidder. Notice the carvings at the top.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Thursday, November 02, 2006

US Pat. 52416

This is George Hunzinger's patent for a reclining chair. The patent date is Feb 6, 1866. The patent number is 52416.

Floor Rocker

This is a rare Hunzinger floor rocker. It is easily identified by the lollipop spindles that he used on many of his rockers. This peice also has a stamp as well.