In another installment of “For The Record” on Rare Victorian where I feature the work of low profile makers of the 19th Century, I’m pleased to present what I strongly believe is a Joseph W. Hamburger Prince of Wales chair. An image from their ca. 1870 catalog below shows a model #33, “Prince of Wales” design.
I have been wanting to run across one of the Hamburger chairs in the flesh for some time now and luckily the opportunity arose on Ebay in the form of the one above. It is currently up for sale and is listed as having been made by John Jelliff. If this chair alone doesn’t teach us all to stop attributing all the carved female bust chairs to Jelliff, then nothing will.
More about the chair above for sale at the listing.
Here’s a little more history on the J.W. Hamburger company. Joseph Hamburger patented a rocking chair mechanism (patent #212,461) on Febrary 18th, 1879. You can see the X-shaped mechanism and read the patent application below.