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We enjoy hearing from you and sharing with you the interesting pieces that were built by The Sikes Chair Company.
Mary Guldin sent several
views of this woven seat
chair with the notation that
it is Pattern 1360 1/2F.
Chris Debski owns this dining set which
was purchased in the early 1980s at auction in
Pembroke, NY. The chairs have the blue Sikes label,
but the label on the table is different and indistinguishable.
Chris wonders if the table is from the Grand Rapids area.
Barry Balmer found this rocking chair at
a yard sale in 2003. The label says
Buffalo division and has the number
1300 stamped on it.
Monika received her Sikes
rocker as a gift and sent
this photo showing a floral inlay.
Here is a Sikes Windsor style
chair purchased in Long
Paul Wilcott comments on the
unique design of the arms.
Rick and Robbi write: "This chair was
purchased in Ashville, NC at a college
kids yard sale for $25.00. The
chair is beautifully crafted and is in
good shape. Someone has done some
light sanding through the varnish on the
back. The bottom still appears to be the
original finish and it displays the
Buffalo NY metal tag. It is incredibly
comfortable and swivels as well as reclines."
Joshua Christensen sent in these photos
with the following comments: "I
purchased a Sikes chair from a man at
my work, for $15.00, and it is in
good condition. This one has a
pad. It's almost like the one
that Eileen Carson put on this page."
[see previous page]
Joseph Purpura sent us these
photos of his Sikes chair and
desk. The desk lid raises to
reveal an extendable writing
shelf, numerous cubbyholes, and
two storage drawers.
George Short sent pictures
of his Sikes chair
showing the company
logo on the back tension
adjustment knob .
Gerard Polisset wrote about this chair
that he sold on E-bay: "I saved this
chair; the previous owner wanted to
trash it because a 6" iron rod under
the seat was broken. I took it to a
metal shop in the lower east side of
NYC, had the broken rod removed
and replaced for $75.00, then I
removed the old varnish that was chipped.
The bare wood had such a nice color
and patina. I replaced the inside seat
cushion but the cover was fine.
Amy and Robin wrote: "We found
this great chair at a local antique
store in Redondo Beach, CA.
This occasional table, crafted in Birch
with a Maple finish,
was auctioned on E-bay.
|Stacy Ledford wrote to tell us
about a Sikes buffet with a mark inside the top drawer. The words
Sikes and Buffalo are enclosed in a double circle and it also says Est.
1859, A Product of Master Craftsmen. Dimensions of the piece are
4' high, 5' long and 2' deep. Stacy bought the buffet at a used
furniture shop in 1997 in Midtown, TN, near Knoxville. No picture.
Bachan wrote about a
Sikes dining set her grandparents had owned. "Grandma was very
proud that Grandpa had bought her a set of Sykes (as I thought it was
spelled), because it was considered a very high quality product.
I have the table and the buffet, my brother has the china cabinet which
I am trying to wrest from him." No picture.
Cole tells us there is a
little Roman Catholic church in Mt. Hope NJ where one Sikes chair
can be found. She believes it has a leather covered horsehair
cushion. The label brought her to our web page. No picture.
|Gwendolyn Workman and her family
inherited a Sikes desk from her mother-in-law. "The stamp inside
the drawer says 'Sikes Furniture 1869'. The desk if of modern
design with a kidney-shaped top and a side set of drawers. It is
meant to be easily disassembled." No picture.
lady who gave only the name Di
wrote: "On cleaning out my uncle's cottage in Myles Standish State Park
in MA we came across an old Sikes chair with the original label that
says Sikes Chair Co., Phil. PA. This chair is solid oak and is
very pretty. It is painted green but underneath is lovely 1/4
oak." No picture.
|Janice Camden of Orlando, FL tells us about two chairs found in the basement of her husband's grandparent's home. They are 35-1/2" tall with 8 slats for the back. The seat is wood slats and is 18-1/2" wide and 16-1/2" long with upward curves on both ends and in the middle. They are made of Birch Walnut (sic) and both retain their original finish and are in decent condition. No picture.|
|Jeanmarie Gray wrote: "We may have a Sikes Chair Co. rocking chair. There is a paper label beneath the seat of the chair stating only, "air Comp"; the rest is gone. The remaining label, however, matches exactly in font, color, and design to one on your Sikes Family website/Sikes Chair Co. page. It is sturdy, with a wide, contoured seat, dark mahogany, similar in design to several chairs shown in photographic images on the website, and totally unique compared to any rocker we've ever seen. Although we now live in Nashville, Tennessee, the chair was originally from the West side of Buffalo, New York." No picture.|
August, 2003, Dorothy LaRue
wrote: "Thank you so much for taking the time to put together your
informative web site which has helped me identify my "new" chair.
Not surprisingly it was purchased at a garage sale at a cost to me of
$10.00. It had a little handwritten sign on it, "Antique
chair". When I asked what they considered antique the response
was that the lady knew it had been her grandmothers (who lived to the
age of 100) and she thought the chair had belonged to her
great-grandmother. After carefully removing several years of
accumulated dirt [it] now has a place of honor in my living room.
The chair had made its way from whatever its point of origin was to
Prescott, Wisconsin." No picture.