antique hitchcock chair

All About Antique Hitchcock Chairs

There are many kinds of antique chairs, each of which has its own set of interesting stories to tell, and each with a different value, depending on how old they are and who made them. If the chair was made my somebody famous – for instance, Leonardo Da Vinci doodled on it – then it is all the more valuable and would definitely fetch a gargantuan sum when sold off at auction houses.

History tells us that the concept of chairs began with the so-called Wainscot chair in the 1600s, which was, then, a privilege to be sat on. At the time, people sat on the ground and only the heads of families and esteemed individuals were given the opportunity to sit on chairs. Of course, this story, whether true or not, sounds really silly now because there is no household without a single chair inside. (Doesn’t that make you want to NOT take your chair for granted anymore?)

One of the more popular antique chair designs and also one of the more sought after is the Hitchcock chair. No, it isn’t name such because it was created by Alfred Hitchcock. In fact, Alfred does not have anything to do with the antique design. The Hitchcock chair was created in the mid 1800s by Connecticut resident Lambert Hitchcock and his business associates. How Lambert is related to Alfred, however, is unknown.

The Hitchcock chair was developed in different designs and makes. Its chair backs were the following: cut-out back slat, the so-called turtleback, the curved back with spindles, the pillow top, one with a round top, and one that had an oval back. All of the Hitchcock chairs were either stenciled or painted on, making each look very unique and extra special.

Given the time of its creation, there is no doubt that the Hitchcock chair is an antique. The concept, at least, is of antique nature. Of course, if the Hitchcock design was adopted by a furniture maker of this time, its value might be high only because it is a Hitchcock design and not because of the merits of its age.

Antique furniture are rather difficult to appraise because most of the background information on it would be based on hearsay. Whenever a certain piece of furniture is appraised, the factors that add to its value are its age, its make and maker, and historical background. And since the latter three can only be verified by stories, then giving its value is rather debatable. Its age, of course, can be determined by looking at the wood quality.

In the case of the Hitchcock chair, there are certain antique experts who can tell whether it is simply a replica or the real thing. A Hitchcock original will definitely fetch a much larger sum when sold.

However, speaking of selling antique furniture, would you really want to sell if you know you own a real Hitchcock? Wouldn’t you want to wait more years to see its value grow? Remember, antique items gain value as years pass. If you have no urgent or very important need for the money, then it is recommended that you hold on to the Hitchcock antique for a while. The next generation could find better use for it.