This past week has been upholstery. Hence the post yesterday.
Today I want to follow up with an armchair made in the Great Lakes region around 1890. These lather covered chairs were popular with the railroad and land barons of that Gilded Era. This one is covered in black oil cloth, which is no longer made so it will be restored in leather.
|Missing wheels. Original wood finish.|
Looking underneath I found the label of the last person to work on it.
He was trying to repair the springs by replacing the webbing only. Note my comments in the previous post on why this is not the best approach. However, his repair got the chair this far, only because it was in storage for most of that time.
|Poor effort to sew springs to jute|
One problem with just replacing the webbing is that it is difficult to properly sew the springs in place. This photo shows his effort, which was insufficient to do the job.
|Seat springs from top|
|Starting the removal of upholstery foundation|
Here I have already removed the side arm stuffing. Next is the careful removal of the seat and back, layer by layer, tack by tack.
|Jute webbing failure to support springs|
One of the great things about traditional upholstery is that you can learn how to do it by careful observation of the process during deconstruction. Removing layer by layer teaches the worker how to put it back in the same way. The main goal is to conserve springs and stuffing while replacing jute, burlap, muslin and cotton.
|Front of back spring package|
|Chair laying down with new burlap|
|Seat foundation material|
At this point the original stuffing can be cleaned of tacks, vacuumed and carefully positioned in its original location. New muslin is tacked over this.
|Nice and even work|
|Getting ready for final stages of work.|