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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 18,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction
This is an absolutely gorgeous Koken barber chair from 1903. The wood and metal are in beautiful condition and the fabric is a rich rust suede and would be the perfect addition to any collector's inventory or any retro-style game room. The original nail heads are still intact and have no abrasions. We would be happy to send you more detailed pictures upon request. The hydraulics may need a little fluid.
This chair has a label from the Koken Barbers Supply Co. in St. Louis MO. The former factory in St. Louis has been converted into an arts center, with galleries and fine dining.
At one time, Koken was the name in barbershop supplies.
Here's more on the Koken company, its impact on American barbershops and its history in St. Louis, in a report by a local newspaper. Excerpt:
Koken Barbers Supply Co. was the largest barber supply company in the country, said Mary M. Stiritz, who did research for the history preservation district application for the building.
The company was well known and famous for introducing the first hydraulic powered barber chair. Its founder, Earnest E. Koken, held a patent on the chair, as well as many other patents for barber supplies.
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Shipping is INCLUDED via regular freight line! We can also personally deliver this item for FREE within Southern California, from Oceanside to the San Fernando Valley to the California/Arizona border (along I10.) Shipment via North American Van Lines is also available at an extra cost and will require a shipping quote. Sorry - we only ship within the Continental United States. Please be aware of this before purchasing.
Some additional handling time will be required in order to prepare this item for shipment. We take pride in how we package our items for shipment be carefully prepared so that it arrives at your door in the same condition in which it leaves our showroom.

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