Antique Larkin #7 oak chairs ?

Hi again, I have a set of 4 Larkin #7 Quarter Sawn oak dining chairs c. 1890-1900. I've seen them advertised for $425 for just one(see here: http://snipurl.com/o28v ) I'd like to sell them but 2 of them will need some restoration (One simply has a rung broken off the chair leg, the other chair will need replacement rungs.) All will need some screwhole plugs here and there. And all the chairs have these antique ""slip-on" Upholstered Seats (made by American Fibre Seat Corporation) rather than canned seats. Its almost impossible to find info about Larkin furniture. What do you think these might be worth as is?
Thanks


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Well, I am sure that one of those chairs for $425 is a very inflated price!
I would say that if you cot $400 for all 4 you would be getting a fair price.
Linda C

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Yeah, I figured most antique shops quadruple the price thanks for the response :)

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Geez, I can't even sell the set of 4 chairs for $100. For the whole set. You'd think since antique shops sell just 1 fully restored chair for $425, I'd at least get alot of interest at $100 for 4. discouraging :(

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Keep trying1...Where do you live?...I'm thinking I know someone who would like then for $100!
Linda C

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The list of repairs is: one has a rung broken off the chair leg, anothr other chair will need replacement rungs, all will need some screwhole plugs here and there. And you don't have the more desirable caned seat Larkins, you have 4 that need major to minor repairs and reupholstering. Have you considered doing the repairs yourself?

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I've considered re-caning them myself, but Id rather let the buyer do it. Im sure its not hard, Ive just never done it before and I dont want to experiment on antiques. :) oh well, I guess these arent very valuable. P.S. Lindac, I live in CT

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Caning is not difficult, but it is tedious and takes some skill and hand strength. Around here, caners charge $1.50 to $2 per hole. The chairs, after they were repaired and caned, would be attractive restored antiques, probably selling for $150-250 each (maybe more because you have a set). However, as is, you have only two groups of potential buyers: dealers who will pay a pittance because they want to be able to make a profit after doing the repairs and buyers like me, who know how hard it is to do caning and repairs.

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Those chairs never had caned seats....or if they did it was they type of caning you buy by the sheet and put in with a spline. The chair is not drilled for cane.
As far as experimenting on antiques with caning? What are you going to learn on?...If you make a mistake you just rip it out....no harm to the chair....much like knitting.
I never found caning required hand strength....just a strong back, because you are leaning over the chair and working from the chair on a bench....or sitting on the floor and working on the chair on the floor!
Tedious to say the least!
Linda C

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ottoman68 How did you make out with the chairs? My wife and I bought a table and set of four chairs about fifteen years ago. Can't remember what we paid for them. paulusmaximus

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Are any of the Larkin Chairs still available? Please reply.