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The W.H. Gunlocke Chair Company was an early 20th century furniture manufacturer based in New York.
Brief history and description
The W.H. Gunlocke Chair Company was founded in 1902 by William H. Gunlocke and four other furniture experts in Wayland, New York.
Inititally, the company was designed to manufacture seats for houses, lounges and libraries, but later expanded to include seating for offices as well. Gunlocke's office seating line became increasingly popular, so much so that the company was awarded with a National Contract with Western Electric; and as a result decided to discontinue their household furniture items in order to focus on their office line.
Some of the many notable clients who purchased W.H. Gunlocke's office furniture items include President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who chose Gunlocke to furnish the White House.
Guide for collectors
W.H. Gunlocke office furniture items are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors. However, items from W.H. Gunlocke's household line are also considered to be rare.
Restoration of a W.H. Gunlocke Chair Company furniture item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring a W.H. Gunlocke Chair Company item may reduce its value).
For more information regarding W.H. Gunlocke Chair Company furniture items, visit Gunlocke's official website.
W.H. Gunlocke's black and walnut leather executive's chairs are worth around $190.
W.H. Gunlocke's cherry and mahogany executive's desks are worth around $290.
Central Street Antiques and Auction in Windsor, CT sold three teak W.H. Gunlocke chairs for $225 in January of 2012.
Rago Modern Auctions in Lambertville, New Jersey, on the other hand, sold a lot of four teak W.H. Gunlocke chairs for $200 in March of 2003.
Danish modern chairs
Central Street Antiques and Auction in Windsor, CT sold two Danish modern-style W.H. Gunlocke chairs for $50 in January of 2012.
Gunlocke's two-seat and grey leather lounge couches are worth between $120 and $130.
TW Conroy, LLC in Eldbridge, New York sold a Gunlocke cherry and mahogany credenza with file drawers for $440 in May of 2005.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)
Main article: Furniture
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