Capital City Chair Company

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2015-06-26 11:21:48

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Capital City Chair Company

The Capital City Chair Company was an American furniture manufacturer in the early-twentieth century.

 

Brief history & description

The Capital City Chair Company was founded around 1914 in Atlanta, Georgia. During their short lifespan, the company produced a diverse line of styles and types of furniture, including beds, tables, and a variety of chairs. The company’s most renowned line was known as Netherland Oak Kraft furniture. Its chief designer was John J. Croft who in the 1920s patented a number of innovative improvements for the Davenport bed and reed furniture.

The Capital City Chair Company is believed to have gone out of business in the late-1920s.

Guide to collectors

Furniture produced by the Capital City Chair Company is extremely rare and is not a common sight at either live auctions or online bidding sites. Collectors are more likely to purchase Capital City Chair Company items from online antique furniture dealers that specialise in the Arts and Crafts Movement. A few examples include Phil Taylor Antiques and Webteek.

Furthermore, because of the company’s ambiguous history, there are very few sources for collectors to obtain information. However, a good starting point for any prospective buyer would be to purchase “How to Be a Furniture Detective” by Fred Taylor.

Collectors should be aware that items that are in good condition and are of higher quality are generally more valuable than items that are in need of restoration. However, should a Capital City Chair Company piece need restoring, then collectors are urged to contact professional restorers.

Value

A Capital City Chair Company oak armchair was sold by the online antique dealer. The armchair was characteristic of the Arts and Crafts Movement, in that it had a sleek and simple design but was decorated with ornate carving on the chair’s back. The chair was sold for $125. The date of sale, however, is unknown

(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)

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