Barber Brothers Chair Company
The Barber Brothers Chair Company was an American furniture manufacturer in the early-twentieth century.
Brief history & description
Founded in Hastings, a prosperous agricultural town in the heart of Michigan, the Barber Brothers Chair Company only manufactured chairs for eleven years. Established in 1900, the company produced a selection of high quality furniture, including rockers, dining chairs, easy chairs, barrel chairs and coat and umbrella stands.
However, in 1911 the Barber Brothers Chair Company merged with fellow Michigan furniture producer Grand Rapids Bookcase Company to form Grand Rapids Bookcase & Chair Company. This corporation would later produce the “Cloister Style” series of furniture, better known among collectors as “Lifetime”.
Guide to collectors
Due to their ephemeral lifespan, furniture produced by the Barber Brothers Chair Company is extremely rare at auction. However, when on occasion they have appeared at auction, prices tend to range between $2001 and $9002 for an individual item.
Collectors can identify Barber Brothers Chair Company products by locating the signed paper label that is usually glued to the underside of the chair’s seat.
Barber Brothers Chair Company products have occasionally been advertised on online bidding sites, such as eBay. In February 2012, a barrel even-arm chair was advertised for $3,5003. However, the piece went unsold.
Collectors who wish to access more information on the company’s history and how to identify genuine antique Barber Brothers Chair Company products can purchase “How to Be a Furniture Detective” by Fred Taylor.
On February 15th 2005, an oak Arts & Crafts Movement barrel chair, made by the Barber Brothers Chair Company, circa 1903, realised a price of $900 through William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals in Chads Ford, Pennsylvania.
On January 22nd 2011, at Premier Auction Galleries in Chardon, Ohio, an Arts & Crafts Movement oak hall-tree, made by the Barber Brothers Chair Company, circa 1904 to 1907, sold for a realised price of $260.