“Hunzinger Chair” Mystery Part III
Sorry if this series of posts is hitting the press slowly, but that is intentional as I am getting new information real-time and I want to be sure that you get it as it rolls in. As we’ve been exploring in the past two posts (Part I, and Part II), we’re trying to determine if Zeke Feldhaus’ chair was made by George Hunzinger.
Lookie what we have here. It seems that, surprise, surprise, the chair in the Bruschke & Ricke catalog which appeared to leverage the Hunzinger brace patent from 1869 happens to be a Hunzinger-manufactured chair all along. Thanks to Rare Victorian reader John Himes sharing his with us, we can show a real-life instance of the “Reception Chair” in the Bruschke & Ricke catalog with a Hunzinger stamp on it.
Here is another example of a retail establishment reselling Hunzinger chairs. This time it was Chicago-based W. W. Strong from “Chicago Furniture Art, Craft, & Industry, 1833-1983” by Sharon Darling. The chair in this Strong advertisement can be seen on pages 68 and 69 in the Hunzinger book.
So where do these tangents put us with respect to any conclusion on Zeke’s chair? Here are our learnings:
- Based on the unmarked Ren Revival chairs in the Harwood book which appeared in Kimball’s Book of Designs, Hunzinger didn’t mark all his chairs.
- Hunzinger resold his chairs through other retailers, so if we see a Hunzinger-like chair advertised by another maker/retailer, deeper investigation may prove that the chair was indeed made by Hunzinger and not the advertiser.
- Hunzinger sometimes produced designs that were un-Hunzinger-ish in that they displayed more mainstream designs than we are accustomed to from him.
I have no conclusion on Zeke’s chair due to lack of documentation on his chair in particular, however, I’m leaning to it being by Hunzinger, leaving the door open for the opposite to be true. There’s just nothing tangible at the moment.