Vintage Adirondack Chairs

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2015-06-26 10:30:48

Vintage Adirondack Chairs are collectible wooden chairs, originally designed for outdoor use.

Brief history and description

Adirondack chairs are typically placed in an outdoor or porch setting, and were originally designed by Thomas Lee in 1903 when he came up with the idea to build outdoor chairs for his summer home in the Adirondack Mountains. Adirondack chairs are typically built with wide armrests and have a slight slant along the back of the chair which allows you to lean back and "enjoy" the trees and outdoor scenery (or in Lee's case, the Adirondack Mountains).

Adirondack chairs are most commonly made of wood (such as hemlock or cedar), and also come in a variety of different styles such as deck chairs, rocking chairs, or even children's chairs as well.

Value

Pairs of vintage Adirondack chairs usually sell for around $500 at auctions.

However, there have been cases of sets of Adirondack chairs and Adirondack-style tables selling for much higher prices at auctions as well:

Christie's in New York sold:

  • Four Adirondack chairs (circa 20th century) along with a matching Adirondack table for $900 in July of 2007.
  • Three Adirondack rocking chairs along with a similar armchair (circa 20th century) for $600 in July of 2007.

Blanchards Auction Service in Potsdam, New York sold four Adirondack side chairs, two Adirondack armchairs and one Adirondack table for $1,800 in August of 2011.

Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey sold six matching Adirondack twig porch chairs (circa early 20th century) for $1,800 in January of 2010.

Guide for collectors

Vintage Adirondack chairs that are sold at a set (such as pairs of Adirondack chairs, a set of three or four Adirondack chairs, or Adirondack chairs that come with a matching Adirondack table) are considered to be more rare and valuable among collectors.

Restoration of an Adirondack chair is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring an Adirondack chair may reduce its value).

For more information regarding where to find vintage Adirondack chairs, visit sites including The Best Adirondack Chairs or Adirondack Chairs: A Hayneedle Store.

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