Buffalo Chair Works
The Buffalo Chair Works was an American furniture company which operated from the mid 19th until the early 20th century.
Brief history and description
The Buffalo Chair Works company was founded by the Sikes family in 1859 and was originally a subsidiary of Edwin Sikes & Co., (although the Chair Works branch of the company was officially formed in 1875). The family opened a factory in 1904 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but originally the factory was based in Buffalo, New York.
Buffalo Chair Works became well-known for specializing in chairs and office furniture that came in a variety of different styles, however, the company went out of business in 1919.
Oak and leather Buffalo Chair Works chairs
Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers in Massachusetts sold an Arts & Crafts movement Buffalo Chair Works oak and leather arm chair (39" in height; 26" in width) with flat arms, a shaped back rail over the center, two vertical slabs on either side, a leather spring cushion seat and "remnants" of a label for $275 in December of 2011.
Oak Buffalo Chair Works chairs
Four Arts & Crafts Mission Buffalo Chair Works oak chairs were listed as having a value of $369.99 on eBay.
Guide for collectors
Buffalo Chair Works furniture items which still carry the circular Sikes mark and/or label are considered to be more rare and valuable, as well as chairs that were influenced by the industrial revolution (also known as the Arts & Crafts movement).
Wooden Buffalo Chair Works rocking chairs are also considered to be valuable among collectors, however, the value of an antique rocking chair depends on whether the rocker was originally built as a rocking chair, or whether the rockers were added to an existing rocking chair (which was common during the early 19th century). This can usually be pinpointed by studying the chair's paint layers, the location of the stretchers, and the shape on the leg tips.
Restoration of a Buffalo Chair Works furniture item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a Buffalo Chair Works furniture item may decrease its value.
For more information regarding Buffalo Chair works, visit the Sikes/Sykes Families Association.