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We enjoy hearing from you and sharing with you the interesting pieces that were built by The Sikes Chair Company.
Captain's chair with detail of
wood work and label
submitted by Joseph ______.
Another style of
Captain's chair from Joseph.
This dining table was submitted
by Cynthia Wolf.
She believes the chairs to be Sikes,
but isn't sure about the table.
Branding Iron mark under
the paper label as described
by Jim Cameron in a note below.
Tina Myers wrote: "I found
this chair while we were
on holidays. I fell in love
This Piano Chair was offered
for auction on E-Bay.
Dimensions were given as 16"
wide by 15" deep and 31 " high.
Mahogany with the Sikes
company Philadelphia label.
Lyn Pikula found her Sikes
chair in a thrift store in
California. The tag reads:
Pattern 56 (or 76) and the
wood is Walnut.
Craig Peringer sent this picture of a
desk chair from the Philadelphia
branch. The underside of the metal
seat frame is stamped:
"Pat Dec 20, 1887
May 1, 1888."
Linda Gable purchased 5
dining chairs and one
captain's chair in an antique
store in British Columbia, Canada
She commented the label is unreadable.
James Parrish contributed pictures
of a Sikes Rocker
Model #130. Note the
Karen Seagraves shares this
photo of two oak, T-back,
leather seat chairs which her
mother began housekeeping
with in the early 1920s. Both have
their labels, but they are virtually
|Terry Karschner of the New
Jersey Historic Preservation Office wrote trying to track the
provenance of a desk in the state office building
that was said to be Governor Alfred Driscoll's desk. The desk has a label that reads Sikes Cutler and has two companion chairs.
Cameron shared this information: In early 1955 his parents
decided to move from Rochester to Pittford, NY and sold almost all of
their old furniture to buy new in the new location.
Buffalo Furniture Gallery was where area furniture manufacturers
showcased their products. The Cameron's purchased from
Sikes two dressers, a dining table and six
chairs with upholstered seats, a desk and captain's chair, a wood sofa
with upholstered cushions and maybe an end table. Some items were
delivered, but Jim drove to Buffalo and picked up some of
them. He said, "it was a factory of
at least four stories with a pretty good sized elevator and loading
dock. He recalled his mother saying Sikes was noted for
especially Captain's chairs. He still owns one dresser and his
daughter has the dining table, chairs, desk and Captain's
chair. The label in the dresser is a "Branding Iron label"
burned into the wood. It is 3-1/2 x 2 and reads: "Sikes, Est
1859, A Product of Master Craftsmen"
Geoffroy wrote in January,
2003: I discovered an old piece of furniture in my attic
(previously boarded up with no access). Who knows how long it's
been up there. It is a reclining chair that I would imagine had
cushions with it. It doesn't seem to have been upholstered simply
because the wood is in very good condition. I don't think
anything was attached to it permanently and the springs are still in
the chair. There is a tag that says Sikes Chair Company, but no
date. I would imagine it would be 1933 or earlier, but I'm not
sure. No picture.