These beautiful 'Hitchcock' style chairs have received much loving use over the years. As a result the black paint on the arm and top rails has worn off from handling, and there are 'table rub' marks on the spindles of the side chairs. To repair these chairs, we went to our color touchup man with the magic fingers. All the worn areas needed some delicate sanding with very fine grit paper to finesse the contours and make sure the new color could easily blend with the old. They then received new color to the worn areas and a clear top coat.
The chairs now look good as new. You would never know that they had been worn looking. Our guy in the shop did a great job.
Hitchcock chairs have been around for quite some time and they are still very similar to what they looked like originally. In 1818 Lambert Hitchcock started the Hitchcock Chair Company, his vision was to create beautiful affordable mass produced chairs. They also used a relatively new idea, instead of hand painting a design on the back of each chair, he used the easier technique of stenciling. This stenciling gives the Hitchcock chair a unique and very distinguishable look. By 1820 his company was producing over 15,000 chairs a year!
While the Hitchcock Chair Company has changed hands a few times, the company is still in existence and are still making this beautiful classic design.