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We enjoy hearing from you and sharing with you the interesting pieces that were built by The Sikes Chair Company.
Cyndi Ross shared these
a Sikes chair she refinished.
Gail Kalina wrote in March, 2004:
"For several years I have been
trying to find more information
about a bedroom set I inherited
from my aunt. The tag on the bed
frame states it was shipped from
The Sikes Company,
500 Clifton St., Buffalo NY
to the Sikes Company
Merchandise Mart, Chicago,
Illinois. I fell in love with this
bedroom set when I was a young
girl and was overjoyed when
it became mine about 12 years
ago. I have a dresser, chest, night
stand and two twin beds.
Unfortunately the desk and chair
were damaged in a flood
and were not restorable. Some
day I hope to find a matching desk
and chair. The half-circle brass
drawer pulls are my favorite part
of the design."
We received these pictures in an
unsigned email which read, "In a
recent search for antiques in my
grandmother's house, we found a
rocking chair that is
believed to be a Sikes. The label
on the bottom of the chair
is slightly torn where the name of
the manufacturer is written,
but it reads
BRANCH'. The chair was
my grandma's mother-in law's.
She was given the chair by either
her mother or her grandmother,
the story isn't
Emilio in Orlando, FL sent us
pictures of a leather chair
with the distinctive logo on
the back tilt adjustment.
This Sikes chair in a maple finish,
manufactured in Buffalo,
was auctioned on E-Bay. It
was described as an Antique
Windsor Fan Back and
was believed to date to the turn
of the century.
James Sparks of Granite City,
IL shared this picture and story.
"My wife and daughter and I were driving
around late one night and
found this 'beat up old chair', as
my wife put it, that someone was
throwing away. To my wife's
disdain I picked it up anyway
to find that this was no piece
of junk by far.
Further examination showed real
quality that you don't see anymore.
I decided to look on the Internet
hoping to find something about
it, and was very surprised to find
others with interest in these
chairs. I think it is all original
except the varnish. Label and
emblem are all very much intact."
Debbie Pontillo sent this picture of a
Sikes Chair she acquired some 32
years ago. She noted that Edwin
Sikes shared her birthday
100 years earlier. She stated,
"I am very happy to own this
chair. It is still very sturdy and
is made with all wooden pegs.
I do have a second one which needs
just a little repair. I acquired
both of them at an old mortuary
in Batavia, NY."
Jerry and Marion Lynch, in a long
series of email, sent pictures of
their numerous pieces of Sikes
See the note below.
Karen Luciani wrote: "I am the proud
owner of a Sikes chair. I didn't even
know I was proud of it until recently.
I have had this chair for maybe 15 years
and am not sure where I got it - perhaps
a garage sale or a second hand shop in
When I saw the chair I wondered if it
was a piano chair or what. Anyway -
I though it ought to be - if not. So I
bought it. At the time I had never heard
of 'Sikes' and, in fact, didn't even know
it was a Sikes chair until I wrote to you.
Recently when I found the 'Sikes' label
on the bottom of the chair, i decided
to do a search [on the internet] - and
found your site. When I browsed the
pictures - there was 'my chair' - and it is
a 'piano chair' after all.
Carole Hardee sent us these pictures
of her aunt Selma Elizabeth Johnson's
mission rocker. It is believed the
picture of Selma was taken around
the turn of the century. She was
born January 1877 in Arbol,
Dalsland, Sweden and emigrated to
Jamestown, PA with her parents
through Philadelphia around
1886. She died
in June of 1974. Carole wrote,
"My mom, her [Selma's] niece,
inherited the rocker in the early
1950's when Aunt Sal came to live
with us. My father, who was born in
1902 spent many years doing his
crossword puzzles in this chair. I
inherited the chair in 2001 when my
mom, born in 1908, died. I have
always loved this chair and it has
been the inspiration for a general
craftsman theme in my home in
Florida." The label picture on the
left above is the Quaker Mission
Craft trademark sticker.
Chris Kunz found our
web site and sent these pictures
of a chair purchased by
his grandfather in the 20's.
It has a lot of detail in the arms,
faces, and feet.
Note: I hope Chris
likes the newer updated look
of these pages. His grandfather's
chair is certainly a
addition to the site.
Chrissy Brogdon contributed this
picture of 3 chairs representing a
set of six chairs she bought in 1995 in
an antique store in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
The cost at that time for the six
chairs was $200.00. She writes,
" Two of the chairs still have the Sikes
Chair Company, Buffalo Branch,
Buffalo, NY label but I cannot read
the number. The chairs were re-seated
before I bought them so I am not sure
of their original seats, although a
cane bottom is visible underneath,
so I am guessing they had a cane
bottom similar to the cane back.
Gerber wrote: "My husband
and I just purchased a table that has ends that pull out. It is
40" wide and 5" long without the extensions pulled out. It has
two captains chairs and two other chairs. All of them bear the
markings and paper shown in your website. The paper on the
underside of the chairs says 'Pattern 7254" and wood "B.S." No
Deluca wrote to tell us
of a piano chair she rescued from the trash. It differs from the
ones on the web page in that the legs are shorter -- extending only
about 2 inches from the support bars. She thinks this looks
original as opposed to being cut off. No picture.
Kler sent us an interesting
story. "Not only do we have 6 chairs (dinning room) with cain
backs, but also a dinning room table round with more appro 10 leaves,
as well as the protection tops for the table. We also have a
vanity, china cabinet, and dresser. My wife's parents bought them
new and they gave them to us when we got married in 1976. My
daughter got married in April, 2003, so we're going to give them these
pieces. We're in the process of restoring the chairs and getting
the cane redone. It's funny we had them for all these years and
thought they were made out of green vinyl -- never thought about it;
just put a cushion on them. My daughter looked at the green seats
and asked if she could have another color put on them. I started to
take one seat off and to my surprise, under the vinyl was a beautiful
cover that looks original in great condition. We asked my wife's
older sister if she knew this and she said, 'Yes'. Her mom put
these on to protect the original seats when they were kids and just
never took it off." No picture.
Lockwood shared another
aspect of the Sikes chairs. "I am reglueing our set of Sikes
chairs with our dining room table, my my wife is adding new seat
covers. We have owned a set of 4 straight back chairs and table
for 35 years. We purchased them as a set from an estate sale in
Wayland, NY (Steuben County). The pattern number is 2494, with
cover listing of '4 lee'. Also while I dismantled the chair
we found a name FRANCK branded in the wood under the seat cover.
Lyles sent us information
about an umbrella stand in May, 2004. "Years ago my mother bought
an oak umbrella stand. On a trip home to SC from NYC not too long
ago, I noticed that the little umbrella stand had been put in the
carport and that the elements had taken their toll. I asked for
it and brought it back to NYC. Since the finish had been ruined,
I decided to refinish it. I sanded it down, then stopped because
I wasn't sure what type of finish to put on it. I'm currently
taking a Furniture Finishing & Refinishing class at the YWCA here
in NYC. I chose the umbrella stand for my project. Tonight,
I noticed a label on the bottom of the drawer in the umbrella stand
that simply said, 'The Sikes Company' PHILA. BRANCH, PHILADELPHIA,
PA." No picture.
Lynch wrote: "We are the proud owners of thirteen pieces of Sikes
furniture that we purchased from 1950 to 1955. Marion and I
thought that you might be interested in what we acquired. We are
moving into a retirement community later this year and we expect to
down size our furniture and some of the Sikes will be included in the
down sizing. We expect to sell the bed, the refectory table, the
two captain chairs and the two ladder back chair. All of the
furniture was purchased from McFarlane Furniture Co., 250-8-2510 Main
St., Buffalo 14, N.Y. We have the original receipts for the
pieces that have a date of purchase. In addition we have three
boards that are examples of the various finishes that were
available. One is labeled Sikes Hampton, one is labeled
Mellowtone, and one has an unreadable label that must be Tawny.