19th Century Barber Chair Restoration
This mid-19th Century barber chair came from a doctor’s office in LA. The wood is likely chestnut with only a single coat of varnish. The seat, which had been recovered at least four times, was the typical springs and horsehair pad under a faux leather cover.
The back reclines and the headrest raises and lowers on brass hardware.
The restored chair back shows how well the brass hardware took a shine.
I removed the original finish as it was too far degraded to save. Red chestnut stain under three coats of shellac give the wood a fine rich color.