Antique American Edwardian Art Nouveau Birch Revolving Office Desk Arm Chair J.S. Ford, Johnson & Co (Circa 1910)


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Object Description

Here is a fine quality antique American Victorian solid birch revolving office armchair, by J.S. Ford, Johnson & Company of Chicago, featuring a serviced reclining and height adjustable mechanism, circa 1910, in excellent condition.

• Item: Revolving office armchair
• Circa: 1910
• Period: Edwardian
• Style: Art Nouveau
• Provenance: Chicago, North America
• Mechanism: J.S. Ford, Johnson & Company
• Wood: Solid birch
• High back design
• Scroll carved, shaped top rail
• Central pierced fan ‘C’ scroll carved splat
• Reclining & height adjustable mechanism
• Scroll arms
• Elegant shaped arm supports
• Newly upholstered in sage green leather
• Splayed birch legs
• Replacement solid brass castors (English made)
• Rotates 360 degrees
• Reclining back action
• Height adjustable
• Very comfortable
• Cleaned & serviced mechanism
• Golden birch colour
• Excellent original condition
• Free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• 14-day free UK returns policy

Here is a fine quality antique American Victorian solid birch revolving office armchair, by J.S. Ford, Johnson & Company of Chicago, featuring a serviced reclining and height adjustable mechanism, circa 1910, in excellent condition. The armchair features a curved, scroll-carved shaped back, supported between straight back supports, with an elegant pierced vertical splat below, featuring ‘C’ scroll carvings. The back connects to scroll arms on elegant vertical shaped supports. The back and arms connect to the seat, which has been newly upholstered, to a professional standard, in top quality full grain sage green leather. The underside of the seat has been re-webbed in the traditional manner. The chair sits on four splayed birch legs that terminate on replacement brass castors. The chair incorporates a mechanism allowing it to rotate 360 degrees and recline backwards. The seat height can be adjusted by turning a ribbed metal screw on the underside of the chair. The chair mechanism has been restored and serviced and is in excellent working order. The mechanism is embossed with “J. S. Ford Johnson & Co. Chicago”. The chair is extremely comfortable to sit on as it features a lovely upholstered seat with a high back.

The armchair features a rich golden-brown birch colour. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.

This antique swivel desk chair would look superb in a variety of rooms in the home, especially the office or study as it is so comfortable. This item would certainly grace any home. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.

The following information provides dimensions on when the chair height is lowered and also raised to its highest setting using by adjusting the central steel rod:

External height (raised) = 109.5cm or 43⅛” or 3ft 7⅛”
External height (lowered) = 103.3cm or 40⅝” or 3ft 4⅝”
External width = 70cm or 27½” or 2ft 3½”
External depth = 70cm or 27½” or 2ft 3½”
Seat height (raised) = 56cm or 22” or 1ft 10”
Seat height (lowered) = 49.5cm or 19½” or 1ft 7½”
Seat width (between arms) = 48cm or 18⅞” or 1ft 6⅞”
Seat width (to edge of seat) = 52.5cm or 20⅝” or 1ft 8⅝”
Seat Depth = 45.6cm or 18” or 1ft 6”
Arm height (raised) = 73.5cm or 29” or 2ft 5”
Arm height (lowered) = 67.5cm or 26⅝” or 2ft 2⅝”
Back height (from seat) = 57cm or 22½” or 1ft 10½”

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland (anywhere south of Stirling). *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland; for example, the Isle of Man, Isle of White and Channel Islands. If you live in one of the areas where we do not offer free delivery, please contact us for a delivery quote before purchasing the item. Delivery will be made by our specialised antique furniture delivery service, or in some cases we will use a courier service for distant deliveries.

Delivery times are usually 1-4 weeks depending on location; we aim to deliver the majority of items within 2 weeks. All items are professionally packaged and fully insured in transit, therefore, we can assure you, your items will be securely protected in transit and arrive safely with you.

Once you have purchased an item, we will contact you by email and/or telephone and provide you with a provisional delivery date, in order for you to confirm if it is suitable for you. Once you have confirmed you can accept delivery on the provisional delivery date, we will book the delivery in with our shippers and it then becomes a confirmed delivery date.

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Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy (from the date you receive the item) is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you (we do not charge a return fee / collection fee). You will be given a full refund as long as the item is returned in the same condition. We will collect returns using our own specialist furniture delivery company. We will not accept returns via a courier service (due to experience of damaged items in transit). This refund policy only applies to deliveries to the UK.

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If you live outside the UK and you would like to purchase this item, please contact us before purchasing it, so that we can obtain an accurate shipping quote and delivery lead-time. The shipping quote provided is a global estimate only. The actual shipping cost will vary by country and postcode. Due to the distances and costs involved with shipping outside the UK, a returns policy is therefore not available for international buyers. Before placing your order(s) please make sure this is the item for you. We request payment by bank transfer (we do not accept payment via PayPal, credit or debit cards for international purchases). Payment is requested within 10 days of the purchase. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered to our shippers. The advertised price of the item does not include the shipping cost, sales tax, import duty or custom fees.

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About the Seller:
This item is being sold by Yola Gray Antiques who is an accredited member of LAPADA (the UK’s largest Trade Association of Professional Art and Antique Dealers) and CINOA. CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations. All LAPADA & CINOA members abide by their strict code of practice by adhering to reputable standards of quality, expertise and integrity.

Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Please visit the Yola Gray website at for further items and information.

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Object Condition

The chair is in excellent condition. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges of the chair frame and seat but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The seat has been newly upholstered, to a professional standard, in top quality full grain green leather. The reclining and adjustable height mechanism is in good working order, having just been cleaned and serviced. There is some play to the mechanism but this is perfectly acceptable, and in line with the age of the chair. The chair features a rich golden-brown birch colour, having been cleaned and French polished by hand, to a professional standard, in our workshops. The original castors have been replaced with later solid brass English made castors, which are in excellent condition. This item is solid in joint and ready to use.

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