The sale in New York featured six rare examples which each achieved impressive six-figure results.
The company specialised in reclining chairs, easy chairs and rocking chairs in a wide range of styles, from Colonial revival to Mission and Turkish.
The company’s speciality was reclining Morris chairs, and the company was renowned for their ‘push button’ reclining chairs. They held a number of patents on the push-button mechanism, and today antique Morris chairs with such a mechanism are almost guaranteed to be from the Royal Chair Company.
Several of their Morris chair designs also feature lions paws on the legs and arms, which make them distinct from most manufacturers.
The push-button is located in different parts of the chair depending on the design (of which there were many). Early models featured a button that stuck up through the side stretcher along with the spindles, whereas later models had the button place on the arm.2
Morris chairs were an early style of reclining chair, created by the English textile designer and artist William Morris and first sold during the 1860s.
The chairs feature an upholstered seat and back, set between un-upholstered wooden arms with simple straight or turned legs and slats. The seat reclines using a method of pegs and notches inside the arms.
In good working condition, Royal Chair Company Morris chairs can sell from $200 to more than $800 depending on the style and upholstery. The most valuable examples are those with all their spindles, a working reclining mechanism (either original or professionally restored) and original or reupholstered fabric.
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