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We enjoy hearing from you and sharing with you the interesting pieces that were built by The Sikes Chair Company.
Here are some pictures of the chair we got at a garage sale. The chair is in the same condition as we picked it up. We would like to get some more information on it before we try to restore it. It is very solid. The craftemanship is well done. We live in Ohio outside of Cleveland. You could include our email address in your website in case anyone wants to exchange information. Regards, Kathy and Mike
I just purchased 4 chairs from an antique vendor in Maine, one still has the Sikes label on it. Please let me know if you can tell me anything about them. Thank you for your help.
Adam Novich firstname.lastname@example.org
Readers, can any of you tell Adam any more about his chairs. We continue to state we don't know anything that is not posted on these pages, but we still get questions.......
These are pictures of the chair my father had when I was a kid. I had it refinished and it came out great. They hold a lot of good memories for me, and as I sit back in the chair the memories of watching different shows with my family seem so real, so vivid. I'm glad I took the chair and the desk and had them redone so that I can continue seeing them and me from years gone by.
Frank Scordo FASCOR@aol.com
years I’ve stored this POKER TABLE
(Pattern 749) and 8 Sikes
CHAIRS (Pattern 7017/Finish Maple). From your Website I see that Sikes
chairs – and even desks after they acquired the Cutter Company.
the table matches the chairs, there is no mention of Sikes, only a
number. Did they make this table? My father moved his company,
Firstly, many thanks to Mr. Albert Sikes for his most helpful potted history of the Sikes Company. This has been very useful in dating (sort of) a recent acquisition.
I live in Arezzo, Italy (after relocating from England 4 years ago) and at the beginning of every month the City hosts a big antiques fair. This month we happened upon the this item, which we have identified as a Sikes swivel chair. It has a small label on the bottom of the seat, indicating that it was made in Philadelphia. We assume, therefore, that it was manufactured no later than 1916, as the factory was moved to Brooklyn at that time. What is tantalizing,
however, are two main points –
a. We wonder how old it really is. In addition to the label on the bottom of the seat, is the number 90 or 06! which has been embossed by die stamping the number with a metal die. Does this mean that the chair is No 90 (06)? of a specific model? – or is it the model number? -
or does it indicate the total number of chairs manufactured at that time? If the latter is true, then one assumes that it dates from way before the 20th Century. Or does it?
b. As can be seen from the photo’s, the back has a black panel instead of a number of wooden uprights. The panel seems to be contemporary with the chair and the material type would appear to be leather. Anyway, the guy who restored the chair seemed to think so, as
the rear of the panel has been restored with black leather. I wonder if this panel was an idiosyncrasy of an owner as there doesn’t seem to be any other examples on this web site. Mind you, as this seems to be the only site that deals with this company, it’s no small wonder. The wood seems to be mahogany and the castors are not original-which is a pity. If any contributor has a chair similar to this with the original castors, I would appreciate a picture of the castors.
A special thank you to you and your colleagues who give so freely of your time.
Kind regards, Paul Walters email@example.com
The chair was just an added expense.
Joe Moran and Gertrude Ward had a somewhat casual dating relationship. And, typically, she wanted more commitment than he did. If there were only a way to win his heart…
Joe had recently graduated from Syracuse University and was just hired as a schoolteacher. Using the new job and the upcoming Christmas as excuses, Gert took the opportunity to show her love with a useful gift. It was a beautiful solid maple desk. “Every teacher should have a desk,” she rationalized.
As beautiful and as practical as the Colonist Craft desk was, it did not come with a chair. Annoyed that she had to spend more money for one, Gert found a Sikes maple chair that was a perfect match and a perfect fit.
The desk and chair worked well together. So did Joe and Gert since that lavish gift in 1938. I know this story to be true. I grew up with this story. My name is Tim Moran and I am the youngest of their six children.
The desk and chair have been passed on to me. I get a little nostalgic when I sit at Dad’s desk in Dad’s chair. It creeks just like it did when Dad used to sit in it.
Here are pictures of the chair and the label on the underside. It looks like the pattern number is 7255 if that means anything to anybody.
Tim Moran UncleTimmm@aol.com
Charlotte Giuffrida wrote: "Enclosed is a picture of a Sikes Company chair which was given to me by my mother. I own two of these chairs. I believe they originally belonged to my grandmother.
The Sikes Company label (Philadelphia) is under the seat.
Can you tell me any more about them? Age? Value? I would appreciate having some more Information."
As we have stated so often, all the information we have on the Sikes Chair company appears on the front page of this section of our web site.
Last January the mail brought these pictures of a Sikes chair and loveseat from Dominick Rutigliano. He stated he didn't know anything about the pieces but he acquired them 33 years ago from his brother-in-law's mother in Monroe, CT.
I understand from your web site that you do not establish value for Sikes Chair Company furniture; however, is it possible to list email addresses so that others reading the site can contact each other?
A few people have asked to have their email addresses posted and they appear in the text about their furniture. If there is a particular person, or persons, you would like to contact, please let me know and I will forward your address to them so they can contact you if they are interested.
I have a set of 6 Sikes chairs that I purchased at an antique auction about 25 years ago. These were originally cane bottom chairs. I would love to see them in the hands of someone who could restore them. The number is either 334 or 834 on the label. Thanks. Roy Pearson firstname.lastname@example.org
|Found your site and
was compelled to drop you a line. My
wife acquired a
Sikes chair (Queen Anne style dinning room) from the estate of her
an old Sikes chair that apears to be an office chair. It has a
metal label on the bottom, the plate says Property of Defense
Plant Corp, Plancor
1647,A.O.D.S.D.P.C. 4567-220 an Instrumentality of United States
Government , The Sikes Company Inc. Buffalo, NY. It is in pretty
condition. Where can I get a date of Manufacture.? email@example.com
We know that the company went out of business in the mid 1930's so it was before that. From the first World War to 1930 seem s to be when the chair company got a lot of contracts to supply chairs to the federal and state government.
Does it look like any pictures on our web site? If not, a picture would be helpful.
Hi, Thanks for the great and informative website. I hadn't heard of Sikes before today, I just picked up a very neat little swivel chair with a very low back at a thrift store. The only thing wrong with it is that it's missing one of it's tension knobs. If you know of any sources for parts such as these I'd appreciate your advice. Sincerely, Jennifer firstname.lastname@example.org
is a bit of correspondence with an interested reader.
You have a very interesting site. I was researching Sikes chairs and ran across the text as copied below. The pattern number for this chair is '76'.
"Lyn Pikula found her Sikes chair in a thrift store in California. The tag reads: Pattern 56 (or 76) and the wood is Walnut. "
Sincerely, Wayne Essick email@example.com
I want to thank you for writing with the correct pattern number for this chair. Do you also own one, or do you have another connection to the Sikes Chair Company? We are constantly looking for more history of this business and all help is appreciated.
I am an antique/personal property appraiser in Jacksonville, Florida. A recent assignment for a conference table appraisal included 12 of that exact chair. I recorded the pattern number from a label and set out to research Sikes since I had not heard of it before. These chairs had a small brass tag Sikes & Co. Inc., Buffalo, NY. (and according to your site would date them just pre-1930 before it became the Sikes-Cutler Co.).
I read through your site and once I noticed the the 'sender of the photo' apparently couldn't (for sure) make out the pattern number and I could, I thought you might appreciate having it confirmed. Informational sites, such as yours, are very helpful to someone like me so if I can be a little help to 'the cause'; I try to be. You have had a lot of sucess in building a pictorial history of the products that Sikes produced through the years.
Wayne, your help and your interest in our project is truly appreciated. Thank you for writing.