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We enjoy hearing from you and sharing with you the interesting pieces that were built by The Sikes Chair Company.
I have a sikes rocker owned by my inlaws given as a wedding present over 100 years ago. Does anyone know the exact age of the chair. The number is 1318. Gloria Stanton
I just discovered your website. I am sitting in a Sikes made captains chair similar to one I see on your site. I am looking to buy a dining set and I realized that all I want is more of what I already have! I peeked under this chair that I found at a goodwill and saw the Sikes name.
Is Sikes still in business? I would love to have more of this beautiful and comfortable furniture! I will attach a photo from your site that is the exact same type of chair I am talking about.
Thank you for reading!
I would appreciate any ideas you might have about this.
Name removed by request.
hello, found your site while researching the partial label on this chair. i believe it to be a Sikes chair. the label reads buffalo branch, buffalo new york. maker's name missing. a very well built chair with dramatic quartersawn oak grain and a carved back splat. from a zanesville ohio estate. love your site...............mike
If any viewers have info on this piece I would love to hear from you. It was purchased about 18 years ago in Portland, Oregon. Underneath bottom drawer is a sticker: The Sikes Co. Philadelphia with a handwritten no.118. Also no.118 and G596.C are stamped on as well. This is a very ornate piece.Sincerely, Chris Wallace
I hope you will be able to help me with an
unconventional question or refer me to someone.
I have a beautiful Sikes bureau from my mother,
who purchased it from The Sikes Company in the
1950s. We've had the piece in storage for almost
15 years and were finally able to retrieve it last
week. Unfortunately, both of the side doors on
the bureau are locked, and of course we can't find
the key. A locksmith unsuccessfully tried to pick
the lock, remarking, "they sure don't make them
like that anymore." We've also purchased several
skeleton keys, but none of them work either. The
locksmith said that the only way we'd be able to
open the doors would damage the woodwork --
something I emphatically do not want to do. It's a
beautiful piece with tremendous sentimental value.
My question: how can I obtain a key to open the
doors? Could you please help?
By the way, I've also got a copy of a charming
letter to my mother on Sikes letterhead from a
Sales Manager named Robert A. Joslin, with
detailed instructions on the best way to clean
Sikes wood products.
Many thanks, Holly Murten, Washington, DC
Readers, we would like your help on locating a
proper key for this piece of furniture. If you can
help, please email this webmistress
and put Sikes Furniture Key in the subject line.
I am Lyne Shackelford from Fredericksburg, VA. I ran across your wonderful web site while researching Sikes Chairs and thought I'd contribute photos of an Arts & Crafts style Morris Chair bearing the Sikes Philadelphia label. Based on information from your site, I'm guessing that the chair was made sometime between 1900 - 1916.
This Morris chair has been in my family for three generations, my grandfather, father, and I having used it. My grandfather worked in Philadelphia for the Gov't during WWI, so he may have purchased it there. I received it from my father around 1984 after it had been in storage. At that time, it was in need of repair, and I refinished it and recovered the original cushions in red leather. Before I got it, the chair was almost black with dirt and old varnish. When the old finish was removed, the oak grain reappeared and I found that the front stretcher and arms were quarter sawn.
It is a tribute to your family that this beautiful piece continues to be used and appreciated. I have not seen another one quite like it on your site, so if you do post this note & photos, please include my email address, so others might be able to contact me if additional information about the company is found. Note that the Sikes label is torn, so I do not have a product/model number.
Thank you very much.
Here's some photos of my Sikes Draftsman's chair, ca 1915. I found it yesterday at a group shop in Hampton, NH.
After coming across your website, I thought I'd forward these photos for your enjoyment, and provenance for your family.
It has a swivel back (very unusual), stainless steel foot rest, and an adjustable back which tilts to your pleasure and comfort. It stands approximately 43 inches tall, and is all oak. Very heavy, too. The condition is like new. I love the beautiful design, coupled with the gorgeous quarter sewn Tiger Oak. The chair has numerous adjustments for tension and swivel features. It also can go up as high as 5 feet, due to a worm gear in the bottom. It truly looks like a piece of functional and utilitarian scultpure.
Regards, Schani Krug
My Daughter recently gave me four Chairs and
a Dining Room Table. I just finished restoring the
chairs and have enclosed photos. During the
restoration I found black and I think gold or yellow
labels on the chairs that said Sikes Chair
Company, Buffalo New York. The labels were
kind of faded and very dried out but I believe
the Model # is either 1510 or T510. I have no
idea how old the chairs are but I am guessing
1920's or there abouts. I could not find a label on
the table unfortunately.
Sincerely, Tom Wagner
I have acquired a piece of furniture that was
made by The Sikes Co. of Philadelphia. I have
included the pictures. We are an Ebay consign-
ment store and one of our customers brought this
piece in. It is a side/end/nightstand table. From
what I have read on your website, it is rare to find
a table that was manufactured by Sikes, so I decided
to share these pictures. I'm sorry that I have not
much of a story to go with it. It is gorgeous and
well crafted. The previous owner purchased it in
an Antique shop several years ago, but she is down-
sizing her home and because of its size we are selling
it for her.
Michele Nace, Owner - We Sell It Now, Inc.
Hi, l traveling with some friends in Mont Vermont NY and l see this chair at the sidewalk close to the garbage.
So l take it home, and now l know the chair is a Sikes Chair.
l don't know nothing about this chair,,,but l m posting some pic to get some information about it..
It was made in philaderphia....and have a #4163 at the left side leg....If you can give any information about l'll apreciate...
Thank you.Santy Cordero email@example.com
This is a chair that my
in Buffalo, NY the early 1970s from a lady in her apartment building
who was moving into a senior home. The chair (and desk that is not
Sikes) both come from a furniture store in Buffalo NY. Just sending the
photo along to add to your collection since there don't seem to be any
chairs like it in your gallery yet. Thanks, Beky Branagan
Attached are pictures of a chair that my wife and
| I recently
aquired an office chair that has the Sikes logo on the
adjustments knobs can you give me an approximate date this chair
was made it is a very well built chair for its age no refinishing
has been done on this chair it still has the scuff marks on the
legs where the coasters are looks like the use to prop there feet
underneath the chair pedestal this looks to be a mahogany wood any
information would be greatly appreciated thank you very much.
Readers, can you help?
As mentioned repeatedly on these web pages -- we do not deal in antique furniture and do not know the value or age of any piece. The earliest record of The Sikes Chair Company is from a letterhead stating the company was founded in 1859. The most recent date of any transaction we have been given is in the 1960's. To arrive at a date for your particular piece of Sikes furniture, you will have to study styles which were popular in any decade.
have just purchased six (6) T-back
leather seat chairs in an
antiques shop in Salem, Virginia. They are made of "Tiger" oak and each
has a paper label identifying it as a Sikes chair made in Buffalo,
N.Y.(Buffalo Branch). There are no numbers on the labels They
excellent condition though the leather of the seats is a bit on
"dry" side. Nothing that Murphy's Oil will not improve! I'm very proud
of them and they look great around the dining room table in my
Gustav Stickley house. I will not bother to send a picture for
indentical to the two chairs listed and photographed by Ms Karen
Seagrave (page 2). Thank you for ths site. Pierre
Jacoebee, Roanoke, Virginia
I just discovered your
web site in my search
for a hinge that would repair one of the leaves on a little end table I
purchased for nothing at a community yard sale in Lincoln,
Massachusetts. The small drop-leaf table is 20" H x 20" W and 30" L
with two wings creating the length, when extended, that are each 9"
wide. It is painted a
mahogany color. The leafs are supported underneath by (wing shaped)
wood braces that can be turned out or in. The two upright end boards
that form the base have two heart-shaped openings placed top to top
vertically. Sturdy little thing. There is a faded label on the under
side that says Sikes
Chair Company, Pattern 2702, Finish: Boston. Buffalo NY. The hinge
is approximately 2 5/8" long by 1" wide, with the shorter wing of the
hinge being 1" long. The hinge is 100% unique and I cannot find a
replacement. Ramsey Raymond
Shortly after sending in this information, Mr. Raymond found a single remaining hinge in a nearby business. He learned the hinges had been discontinued about eight years ago.
I have the same exact chair as George Short - I bought it last month at
a consignment shop for $46. It is in original condition. The iron work
on my chair is black; the chair is from Sikes PA.
Nice to know some history about Sikes - very interesting to read why the seat is so short.
Regards, Elisabeth Roberts
|Mr. John Werschey is right - there is at least one more #1460 chair. I picked up mine at a tag sale in Fairfield, CT. There is some damage to the back, and some idiot use some paint remover on the seat! It will stay with us regardless. Dan Hamner|
I aquired a piece of Sikes furniture at an Antique show in Hamburg, N.Y. two years ago. I just recently found your website and was amazed at all the Sikes out there. However, I have not seen the piece that I have. It is a two person love-seat, with a heart shaped back, spindles along the back part. It is very sturdy and wonderfully crafted. On the bottom it has the carved in stamping, A Product of Master Craftsmen Sikes of Buffalo est. 1859. Along with the original blue label stating; pattern 700444, wood B, Finish B. I would love to find out more information on this piece. If there are any readers of your website that might know it would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Jennifer Heidenfeldt