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We enjoy hearing from you and sharing with you the interesting pieces that were built by The Sikes Chair Company.
07 29 2007
I believe I may just have a double-pedestal turn of the century Abner Cutler roll-top desk, with a serial number stamped into the wood (SN 96575). It's an authentic piece and in original, BEAUTIFUL condition. This is a rare piece. As I'm sure you are aware, Abner Cutler was a cabinetmaker in Buffalo, NY beginning in 1829. In 1850, he patented significant advancements to the roll top desk and the company was best known as the maker of quality roll tops after that. In 1930, the Sikes Chair Co in Buffalo bought Cutler and renamed it the Sikes-Cutler Desk Corp.
I have just read your wonderful information, which I was so excited to find on your website, and am curious if you can possibly help me trace this serial number, or give me any idea as to who might be able to help me learn more information about this particular piece, or perhaps even its worth? I will attach photos of the desk so you may see them as well. I have the desk disassembled at this time, and in safe keeping, so its restoration can be done properly, but this desk only took approximately a half-hour to put together, so I believe I have all the pieces (as shown).
Jan Anderson email@example.com
I just found your site and enjoyed it, so here are some pictures of our Sikes chairs. They look similar to some others' chairs shown on the site. They're not identical - some have the arms at a slightly different location or angle, and the heights are slightly different. I bought them in 1997 at an antique store in Lemont, Illinois, to use in my counseling office waiting room. The dealer had gotten them from the old Commonwealth Edison Buidling in Chicago(now the headquarters of the Chicago Public Schools), and one of them has a property number tag that starts with "P.S." (for Public Service Co., or Public Schools?) We use them now as our dining room chairs, and call it the "boardroom.". Once in awhile I've seen chairs like them as props in a movie, in an office or courtroom scene. They're certainly made well, and it's nice to know that it was a family business. The one that has a legible label lists the pattern number as "1232." Another has "1230" stenciled on the bottom. We don't really care about monetary value, but they fit our old house well.
Paul and Chris Fitzgerald,Lyons, IL
This is a 308 that was purchased at an estate sale for $62.00 and refinished.
My father was a maintenance man for a large port district in So. California. When tennants would vacate buildings, they sometimes left behind items of value. Being a child of the depression era as a youth along the Ohio River in Indiana, he wasted nothing. He often brought items home to use, restore and/or give to people in need. This chair is one such item. I have used it for years since my father's death and it has never given me anything but a comfortable and sturdy perch.
Jimmy Smith, San Diego, CA
Hey there! I've been digging for information on the Sikes line of furniture for years!
My Father passed on my Grandmother's furniture to me a few years back and it holds a very special place in my heart/home.
I have the catalog they ordered from, including little check marks next to each piece. Really cool.
It was from their Fall 1937 French Provincial catalog.
I have a full dining room set with table, captains chairs, end tables w/drawers, bed frame/headboard, corner unit, and a good bit more. Probably well over 25 pieces.
Figured I'd pass along a few shots and share the interest!
If it would be helpful, I'd be glad to take more shots of the other pieces as well. Kindest regards,
Scott Harding, Bethlehem, PA
Readers, we have asked Mr. Harding if he could copy the 1937 Sikes Furniture Catalog to share with us.
I just found your site while trying to research this Sikes chair I purchased though Craigslist. I
paid $80 for it along with the desk in the background. The chair is VERY sold, but has some
parts missing from the mechanism. I didn't see any on your site, but by any chance to you have
any pictures of another chair with this mechanism? I'd love to figure out how it is supposed to
look so I can either track down some parts of fix it correctly. The previous owner attempted a
fix, but the tilt movement no longer works correctly.
Great site by the way. I'm glad I was able to find the history behind this chair. Thanks
Charlie Pyne, Ashland, MA
We are wondering if you have ever seen a chair that is just like the one mentioned by Karen Luciani (on Page 4 on your website) only without a back...just a stool. Otherwise, it looks exactly the same in color & design. I will try to get a picture of it & fowward to you.
We acquired it from a gentleman (R.O.Hooven) who died in 1997 in Tucson, AZ. He & his wife (deceased 1982) moved to Tucson in 1931 from Lambertville, NJ. As far as I know, this stool came with them at that time. We, also, assume it to be a piano stool. There is still a "Sikes Company, Philadelphia, PA" sticker on the underside of the seat. I just discovered the sticker today & couldn't believe it is still there. I'm curious to know if you have ever seen one like it before.
I'm anxious to hear from you,
Penny Lowe PAL392@aol.com
|I can't find my
any pics you have. I'll
take pics and
send them. Paper tag reads: The Sikes Co., 2nd and
(spelling?) Phila. Theres a brass plate on the back: Clark
Gibby, Inc. The seat was cane but gone now, but the leather
is still there and on the bottom of the leather cushion is a tag: Bank
of New York, 48 Wall St. New York City.
Pulled this out of a dumpster, needs to be recaned, but it has what I think is the original finish, brass feet, brass tacks holding leather on back, it's beautiful!
Good Morning I was just checking to see if Google had any information regarding the Sikes chair company.
Many years ago I was a salesman for an office furniture company in Peoria Illinois and the Sikes chairs were some of the finest quality products and I loved selling them; too bad they are no longer made.
My name is William R. Rivera and I have a Sikes executive chair which I Acquired from my company, Natural Gas Pipeline Co of America, in the mid 70's after being used by someone else in the company for many years. The chair has been in constant use in my study ever since without a hint of problems. However, just yesterday, the adjusting spring under the chair broke and I have no idea where I can get the chair fixed. I would appreciated if you could point me in the right direction.