Hunzinger “Woven Wire” Patent Seat

by John Werry on August 11, 2009


This is a George Hunzinger “Dining or Library Chair No. 44″ from the Kimball’s Book of Designs: Furniture and Drapery (Boston, 1876). I have a question into the seller of the chair on the right to see if the original wire, which you see clearly in the original catalog image, is retained behind the added upholstery.

Hunzinger states in his patent, “The chair seat or back is made with reference to the use of wire in place of cane, to form an open-work seat, and to insure great strength and beauty, and to facilitate the interweaving of the wires.”

The chair is stamped for two patents, the woven wire seating and front brace patents.  There is also a rocking chair version of this design.

More photos of the $200 Hunzinger (bidding so far) at the listing.  You can see a complete collection of Hunzinger’s patents here.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

john hopper August 12, 2009 at 6:33 am

Fascinating to see the illustration next to the actual piece. It is sometimes difficult to appreciate design pieces when just faced with the illustration. Thanks!


Bart August 20, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Did anyone happen to notice the two nice MATCHING Hunzinger rockers that went for only $145.00 each on Ebay? They needed new fabric but looked good otherwise. The low price probably had to do with the fact the seller refused to ship them. Had she shipped I know I would have gone after them.


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