Binghamton Chair Company
The Binghamton Chair Company was an American chair manufacturer in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century.
Brief history & description
The Binghamton Chair Company was founded around 1880 by Roswell J. Bump in Binghamton, New York. The company enjoyed great success in their first years of operation and produced enough capital to build a new and larger factory at Montgomery Street, New York.
Their designs were characteristic of the Arts and Crafts Movement that flourished between 1860 and 1910, in which craftsman practised simpler forms and often applied romantic, medieval and naturalistic subjects in their decorations.
The company continued to manufacture a range of chairs until the early 1920s when it is believed that they merged with the Stickley & Brandt Chair Company, a fellow chair manufacturer from Binghamton.
Guide to collectors
The Binghamton Chair Company produced a variety of styles and designs, ranging from rocking chairs upholstered in silk and other fine fabrics, to polished and veneered chairs made of mahogany and oak. Despite their relatively short lifespan, Binghamton Chair Company were known for their elaborate and unique carved products and many were fashioned after antique models of chairs.
Examples of Binghamton Chair Company products sold at auction are extremely rare; however, prices invariably hover between $1001 and $2002 for an individual chair. Moreover, online bidding sites, such as eBay, also occasionally advertise Binghamton Chair Company products.
On January 12th 2012, an oak Morris chair, made by the Binghamton Chair Company in the early-1900s, was sold on eBay for $190.
On November 20th 2005, at William J. Jenack Auctioneers in Chester, New York, a carved mahogany chair decorated in a dolphin motif, realised a price of $125.
On July 17th 2004, an oak chair with carved leaf embellishments, attributed to Binghamton Chair Company, was sold through Dargate Auction Galleries, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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