Antique Kroehler Chairs
Antique Kroehler Chairs are original chairs produced by the American Kroehler Manufacturing Company.
The Kroehler Manufacturing Company was a furniture company founded in the late-nineteenth century and based in Naperville, Illinois.History & Description
The company was initially formed as the Naperville Lounge Company and had primarily been manufacturing and designing folding beds. During this time the company was run by Peter E. Kroehler who patented a number of innovative designs and bought a number of small companies that also made beds. In 1915, Peter Kroehler merged all of the companies into one; the Kroehler Manufacturing Company.
By the 1940s the company was the second largest furniture maker in the United States with over $20 million in annual sales. However, the company went bankrupt in the 1970s and was forced to close its historic factory.
Guide for collectors
Instances of antique Kroehler chairs are very uncommon at auction houses. However, collectors are much more likely to purchase Kroehler chairs from internet bidding sites, such as eBay. In the past, eBay has advertised a number of Kroehler chairs, particularly those designed in the Mid-Century Modern or Danish Modern styles.
If collectors or existing owners wish to re-upholster their Kroehler chairs then it important to contact a professional restorer who can provide details on the proper procedure for re-padding and retyping the springs. Additionally, any below-par restoration can considerably decrease an item’s value.
Notable auction sales
On March 5th 2005 at Treadway Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, a pair of upholstered slipper chairs, produced by Kroehler, circa 1950s, realised a price of $1,200.
On February 6th 2012, a Mid-Century Modern swivel lounge chair, produced by Kroehler, circa 1950s, was sold on eBay for a realised a price of $425.
On February 20th 2012, a Mid-Century Modern large upholstered chair, produced by Kroehler, was sold on eBay for $215.
On February 22nd 2012, a Danish Modern style lounge chair, produced by Kroehler, was sold on eBay for $187.50.