Antique Koken Barber Chair For Sale


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Antique Koken Barber Chair For Sale

In the late 1950s, US-based barber chair manufactures sold about 10,000 chairs a year to the 100,000 barber shops. Chicago-based Emil J. Paidar Company was a leading manufacturer of barber chairs in the late 1950s (Belmont and American Barber Chair Company from 1948 to 1956 whose chairs were spinoffs of the Koken chair). Starting in 1957, Belmont joined Osaka, Japan’s Takara Belmont Company began importing almost exact duplicates of Paidar chairs—at 20%-30% less cost. In June 1969 Takara purchased the Koken Barber Chair building and production equipment in St. Louis Mo and in 1970 they purchased the Koken name, trademarks and patents this purchase was the main reason that by 1970, Takara had 70% of the US market, beating out Paidar who once held the same amount.
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Antique Koken Barber Chair For Sale

A: Ernest Koken, a German immigrant, was selling shaving mugs in St. Louis by 1874, when he was 19 years old. By the 1880s, he was selling barber chairs and had started filing for patents on improvements to the chairs. His patents eventually included a reclining chair back and a hydraulic lift. His company, Koken Barbers’ Supply Co., manufactured chairs until it went bankrupt in the 1950s. (A successor, Koken Manufacturing Co., is in business today; it bought the original company’s assets.) Antique Koken barber chairs in excellent shape can sell for thousands, but they’re not easy to transport. So it would be better to sell your chair locally via a trade-paper ad, Craig’s List, or a local shop or auction.
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Antique Koken Barber Chair For Sale

Koken barber chairs are made of the finest materials. Most of these barber chairs feature tufted leather seats, padded arm and foot rests and frames that are constructed of quarter-sawn oak or walnut. Sometimem, the frames also feature elaborate wood carvings. You can also notice, if you look closely at these barber chairs, even the metalwork was elaborate. Aside from this, the seat brackets, some parts pf the footrest and the base all have beautiful scroll designs and it high-quality craftmanship is easily noticeable. Valuable Koken barber chairs feature hydraulic lifts.
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Antique Koken Barber Chair For Sale

Koken barber chair is not just a barber chair but a work of art. It’s not just a piece of utilitarian furniture, how its made, the materials used and the craftmanship are worth a thousand of dollars. That is why antique collectors are very willing to spend a lot of money on a Koken.
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Antique Koken Barber Chair For Sale

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Koken Barbers Supply Company crafted thousands of these chairs for barbers throughout the country. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Koken was more than just the largest barber supply company in the United States; it was also the brand of barber chair.
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Antique Koken Barber Chair For Sale

Craftsmen used only the finest materials to manufacture many models of Koken barber chairs. Many examples feature tufted leather seats, padded arm and foot rests, and frames constructed of quarter-sawn oak or walnut. The frames sometimes often featured elaborate wood carvings. On these chairs, even the metalwork was elaborate. The seat brackets, parts of the footrest, and the base all have beautiful scroll designs and high-quality craftsmanship. Some of the most valuable antique Koken chairs feature working hydraulic lifts for which the company was famous.
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Antique Koken Barber Chair For Sale

In the 1950s, the Koken Barbers Supply Company went out of business. For a time, a Japanese company used the Koken name to produce barber supplies.
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Antique Koken Barber Chair For Sale

hello to kwame! i am a disabled vet and i have spent 2 years looking for a special unusual koken to love forever! the problem i have is i want to start the restoration process but can not find out which model i have. it is a squarish porcelain seat frame bottom and arms as well as base. it is hydraulic, and has no headrest, or holes in seatback upholstery. the base to back pieces are very nice aluminium material. the strange parts are next. it has a nice porcelain tray that slides out from right side seat bottom!! i guess it is like 10 inches by 6 inches. also this unit has an awesome steampunk looking foot rest contraption with gears and cranks and a long screw rod the one side of the foot rest is upholstered and the other cast aluminium with koken script and scrolly stuff(which needs replacing since it is broken). any help would be appreciated greatly.
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The company’s founder, Earnest E. Koken, held patents for several important barber supply products. One of these was a hydraulic-powered barber chair, for which the company eventually became renowned.
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More than just a utilitarian piece of furniture, antique Koken barber chairs are actually works of art. Because of the gorgeous materials and craftsmanship in these chairs, collectors now seek them out and pay thousands of dollars for them.
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Barber Barber collectibles range from the popular red and white striped pole that used to be found in front of every shop to the small scissors and tools of the trade. Barber chairs are wanted, especially the older models with elaborate iron trim. Artwork, drawings of barbershops, shaving razors, and shaving mugs are also desirable barber antiques.
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What is the history/value of a Koken barber chair, porcelain base and arm rests w/red leather. Has hydraulic lift, foot rest and head rest. Serial No. A249552
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What is the history/value of a Koken barber chair, porcelain base and arm rests w/red leather. Has hydraulic lift, foot rest and head rest. Serial No. A249552 Thanks!
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One-chair or single-chair barbershops are small, usually independent, barbershops that have only one barber chair available to customers. This is an older tradition in the barbering business that is slowly fading out as the last generation of barbers begins to retire and few younger barbers step up to fill the roles. One-chair barbershops serve one customer at a time and provide a one-on-one barber experience, whereas multi-chair barbershops serve many clients at once and get clients in and out faster, so they can make more money by serving more clients concurrently. Some salons have also incorporated the single-chair barbershop model into their businesses.
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Barber collectibles range from the popular red and white striped pole that used to be found in front of every shop to the small scissors and tools of the trade. Barber chairs are wanted, especially the older models with elaborate iron trim. Artwork, drawings of barbershops, shaving razors, and shaving mugs are also desirable barber antiques.
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Barber chairs in engravings from the Civil War era share many features with modern chairs, including high seating, upholstery, and a footrest. The first factory-manufactured chairs date to around 1850. The first one-piece reclining barber chair with an attached footrest was patented in 1878 by the Archer Company of Saint Louis. Archer quickly followed it with a chair that raised and lowered mechanically. Eugene Berninghaus of Cincinnati improved on Archer’s design with the first reclining and revolving chair, the Paragon. Theodore Koch of Chicago incorporated all of these innovations into his chairs, selling more than 35,000 chairs in the period before 1885.
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Visiting your local antique store is the first place, if they don’t have, you can always search online. The World Wide Web is the best place to look for antiques for an antique barber chair for sale yet one should be cautious and make sure that he or she is purchasing from a reputable seller.
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Did you ever get the answer to your question, “I have a koken comet aprox 1950s… I can not get it to recline. The handle does not engage when it is twisted. Can someone point me in the right direction please and thanks.”? If so, could you let me know what the answer is? Thanks, WW
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In 1897, Samuel Kline (of the Kline Chair Company) patented a chair and filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Theodore Koch in 1905 (but was overturned). In 1904, Kline filed a patent for an “adjustable chair” which was granted in 1907.

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