Old Hickory Chair Company Furniture
The Old Hickory Chair Company is an American furniture manufacturer.
Brief history and description
The Old Hickory Chair Company’s origins are mysterious; the company was started in 1880 at an abandoned Church in Indiana, where Billy Richardson began to make and sell furniture.
By 1892, ownership had transferred to MG. Christ and George Richardson, who resided in Indianapolis. Three years later, the company was sold to Edmond L. Brown and William F. Churchman.
In 1901, the company released the first of several extensive catalogues detailing their product range, which included chairs, tables and log cabins.
In 1994, after over 100 years of steady expansion and changing ownership, the company began to make shop furniture, and the company has continued to do so to this day.
Guide for collectors
Further information on the Old Hickory Chair company can be found at their website, OldHickory.com, where visitors can view high quality images of Old Hickory pieces (which could prove useful in assisting prospective collectors with correctly identifying authentic items) as well as purchasing the furniture at a significant discount.
Amazon.com currently stocks ‘A History of the Old Hickory Chair Company and the Indiana Hickory Furniture Movement’, a paperback detailing the formation of the company which is available from private sellers via the Amazon website.
Collectors are advised to seek Old Hickory Chair Company pieces at mainstream and specialist auctions, as well as antique shops and online auctions, where they may find additional bargains and rare items.
The highest price paid at auction for an Old Hickory Chair Company piece is $3,200, for a three-piece Old Hickory suite, which sold from Cowan’s Auctions on 26th June 2004.
Old Hickory chairs in a noticeable used condition generally sell for prices in the region of $200-400, whilst prices rise from around $400 upwards for objects which are maintained in better condition.
The lowest price paid for an Old Hickory Chair Company piece is $125, for an upholstered chair dated from 1950, which auctioned from Kamelot Auctions on 21st November 2009.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)
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