Spaceship and horse barber chairs reduced children’s anxiety during haircuts


Kids are often terrified when they get their first haircut, because of all those high chairs, weird men, and flashing scissors. So, for generations, some barbers have had special figurative chairs for children. The most popular is probably a horse.

There are barber chair collectors who have enough space to display them or antique lovers who buy an adult chair and keep it in a bar, library, or even living room. But those who dream of having a barber chair should remember that it weighs several hundred pounds, and it will be difficult to move it to another place, especially up or down the stairs. Large special metal chairs with hydraulic parts may also need to be repaired.

The most well-known barber equipment names today are Kokens or Belmonts, but one of the oldest is Emil J. Paidar Company of Chicago. It was the primary barber chair company from the early 1900s to the late 1950s. Corporate chairs were copied by other manufacturers. In the late 1950s, Belmont merged with Takara Chair Sales Company of Japan. Takara started in 1921 and opened in New York in 1959. The new company joined Koken in 1969.

The barber chair for men has changed little over the past 100 years except for the padding material and more streamlined metal parts; however, today’s children’s chair can resemble a car, airplane, horse, motorcycle, spaceship, and more. Cowan Auctions recently sold a chair from Chicago’s Emil Paidar Co. It is an old chair marked on the foot. The front of the chair is a realistic padded leather horse that the child has sat on for a haircut. It was estimated between $ 1,500 and $ 2,500 and sold for $ 1,375.

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Question: My grandmother has modern copper jewelry that she bought in New York. Most are marked “Mason”. I learned that goldsmiths made costume jewelry in stores close to goldsmiths who made inexpensive handmade pieces which they sold to customers and exclusive shops downtown. Is Mason a store, a business or an artist?

Reply: Winifred Mason (1912-1993) was an African-American jewelry designer. She graduated from New York University with an MA in Arts Education in 1936, then worked as a Works Progress Administration teacher and as a Craft Instructor in Harlem. Her handcrafted copper jewelry was purchased by friends. In 1940, she opened a workshop. She wouldn’t copy a song; each piece was unique. In 1943, she had so much work that she hired other artists. Art Smith, a famous modernist jeweler, was an early apprentice and salesperson.

His work has become popular with artists, actors and others in search of the modern style. There were exhibitions of her jewelry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Haiti. Winifred won a scholarship in 1945 which allowed him to travel to Haiti. Subsequently, she began to make jewelry inspired by Haitian culture.

She met and married Jean Chenet in 1948. In 1949, in Haiti, they founded a jewelry manufacturing company making jewelry for tourists under the brand “Chenet d’Haïti”. Her husband was killed in the 1960s and she returned to New York. Years later, she was active in promoting black female artists, served as vice president in 1939 of the Brooklyn chapter of Girl Friends, a black organization, and was honored in 1990. She died in 1993.

Question: Can you give me the value of a Reco collector’s plaque called “Best Friends”? It shows two girls in old-fashioned dresses with a kitten on the front. On the back it is written “Plate # 3414 FB in the limited edition of ‘Best Friends’ by Sandra Kuck, first issue of the Sugar and Spice collection.” It is dedicated by the artist. What is it worth?

A: Collector’s plaques were popular from the 1970s to the 1990s, but are not as popular today. This plate was made by Reco in 1993 and is based on a painting by Sandra Kuck. She is known for her engravings and plaques depicting images of children in Victorian-era settings. She has been named Artist of the Year several times since 1983 by the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers. Reco made collection plates from around 1978 to 2001. Reco’s Sugar & Spice series included eight different models made in 1993 and 1994. “Best Friends” originally sold for $ 45. It now sells for around $ 15 to $ 26. The autograph, if added and not part of the plate design, is worth a little more, maybe $ 50.

Question: We are looking for information and the price of an old stove. Several names are stamped on it: “Garland Stoves and Ranges, Inland Garland Stove, Michigan Stove Co., Detroit-Chicago, Garland Aerated Oven, Patented Dec 1889.” We believe a part is missing for the back.

A: The Michigan Stove Company was founded in 1873. The company manufactured stoves, ovens and heaters and was the world’s largest stove maker in the 1890s. Over 200 models of Garland cooking and heating stoves were made. The Garland Group was formed in 1995. It became part of Welbilt Company in 2008. Old, working stoves sell for a few hundred dollars. Those in poor condition or with missing parts are difficult to sell.

TRICK: If a drawer sticks to vintage furniture, remove it and rub the glides with glide ski wax.

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