Rare Victorian - Pair of J & JW Meeks “Stanton Hall” Sidechairs

Pair of J & JW Meeks “Stanton Hall” Sidechairs

1607 1 Pair of J & JW Meeks Stanton Hall Sidechairs

1607 1 Pair of J & JW Meeks Stanton Hall Sidechairs

Although picking up a pair of Meeks Stanton Hall pattern chairs seems like it could never be a bad investment, that all depends on the price of the acquisition, and with this pair, the asking price of $4,400 is above where auction activity has put these chairs.

A pair of abused chairs sold at Cowan’s for $1,700, though I wouldn’t use them for comparison for a set that hasn’t seen major repairs.  John Moran auctioned off a pair for $3,250 in November, and Neal sold a pair for $2,350 in ’06.   You can’t compare prices with armchairs since they tend to nearly double those of chairs without arms so I ignore those prices.

If you were to buy these chairs in a retail environment, then a price like the $4,400 or more would not be unexpected.  However, on Ebay or at auction I would not be a buyer and assuming I had time to wait, would expect to find a pair pop up in the months ahead that could be grabbed at a $2,500-$3,500 range, including any fees.  … Or about the price that each of us Americans will owe on the $700 billion bailout.

The listing for the set on Ebay is here.

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  • james conrad - October 2, 2008

    Hmmmm, looks like another 0 bid ebay sale. I dont understand the logic of a starting bid at what must be this sellers reserve price. Why not start off at a lower number and try to generate bids/excitement?

  • Charles - October 3, 2008

    I believe that this is the second or maybe the third go around on ebay for this pair of chairs—I have seen them come and go over the last year—I believe that the original listing was a good bit higher than even this one….

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