Koken Deco Barber Chair F1429

Beautiful green leather and chrome deco-era barber chair from Koken. Super condition.

Price on request.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Koken Barbers Supply Company crafted thousands of these chairs for barbers throughout the country. Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Koken was more than just the largest barber supply company in the United States; it was also the brand of barber chair.

The company’s founder, Earnest E. Koken, held patents for several important barber supply products. One of these was a hydraulic-powered barber chair, for which the company eventually became renowned.

In the 1950s, the Koken Barbers Supply Company went out of business.

Craftsmen used only the finest materials to manufacture many models of Koken barber chairs. Many examples feature tufted leather seats, padded arm and foot rests, and frames constructed of quarter-sawn oak or walnut. The frames sometimes often featured elaborate wood carvings. On these chairs, even the metalwork was elaborate. The seat brackets, parts of the footrest, and the base all have beautiful scroll designs and high-quality craftsmanship. Some of the most valuable antique Koken chairs feature working hydraulic lifts for which the company was famous.  — adapted from antiques.lovetoknow.com