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Postby jGray » February 25th, 2008, 4:33 pm

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thanks. that thing is beatiful.
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Postby rkuchinsky » February 25th, 2008, 5:02 pm

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Postby jGray » February 25th, 2008, 5:10 pm

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Oh thats great.... im drooling right now... i know the chances of such an awesome find are rare, but im keeping my eyes open for that one.
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I have some nice Herman Miller Eames chairs shell type, and I had a DAR also. If everybody wants to cringe, when my grandmother moved to a nursing home my cousins had a yard sale for most of her furniture and other thing that she did not need any longer. Like, real Arco lamp-$45!!!!!!( AHHHHHHHH!!!!!), Nelson clocks (two ,don't know how much they went for but it is safe to say it was well below market). And a LOT of original Knoll and other random Danish modern/mid-cent. furniture. My grandfather was a salesman at a furniture store in Chicago whilst in grad school and then was in college administration. I did get a nice walnut coffee table that is unlabeled but really well made.
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This is a bit of a bump, but hey, I'll make my very own thread just for this if people don't like old threads coming back like zombies. :D

Found two maybe-eames chairs in a utility room at one job. I'm having trouble figuring out of they're real, or knockoffs since I haven't been able to find good info on what to look for yet, but:
*Legs form an H shape under the seat, bolted to four rubber pads.
*Are the "seafoam green" type with visible fibres
*Legs are silver, no finish
*White plastic feet
*Rectangular label with patents but no Herman Miller logo anything like the images I've seen with embossing or metal labels, etc.
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Found out more. This is one of the more common bases, but apparently an earlier/more sought-after shell. People take these things and sell just the shell or tack on the more rare legs and jack up the price!
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I was back there today to finish something off, and took a seat in one of them. For a nonadjustable formed fibreglass chair these are pretty comfy! I wouldn't want to be in them for hours on end, but much more supporting than I expected. I just might try and get one of these off them.
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Re: Ever "found" valuable vintage furniture?

Postby yo » March 27th, 2010, 10:42 am

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Nice score. Looks like it might be real just judging by that underside. If the shell is in good shape that is a nice find. My brother found a great example of a fiberglass shell one in Orange just in a janitors closet at his school a few years back. Like any good student, he stole it, but unfortunately at some point someone drilled a hole through the seat of the shell (probably to drain water for outdoor use) totally ruining the value of it.

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when I first moved to Southwest Michigan I started hearing the stories, one co-worker who had worked in the furniture industry years prior seemingly couldn't leave the house without someone giving him a piece of design history, but had no luck no matter where I looked. Finally one day last year I was taking my son to the park and saw an Eames shell in a driveway out of the corner of my eye, so I whipped the van around and checked out this garage sale and found there were 3 chairs and took them all home for $28.

Here's a pic I took while cleaning them up in the drive way

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yo wrote:I like a good bump. Keeps these old threads active!

Nice score. Looks like it might be real just judging by that underside. If the shell is in good shape that is a nice find. My brother found a great example of a fiberglass shell one in Orange just in a janitors closet at his school a few years back. Like any good student, he stole it, but unfortunately at some point someone drilled a hole through the seat of the shell (probably to drain water for outdoor use) totally ruining the value of it.



Actually, the way I found it was on horrid condition. Someone painted on top of the fiberglass shell with a thick, off-white, industrial paint. Using a large brush with very noticeable strokes. So with the help of Kate's (my girlfriend's) dad, the outer coat of paint was sanded down and coated with a classic orange. The rust from the eiffel legs was also blasted off. I then ordered feet/coasters from a reseller of Herman Miller parts from the UK to complete the chair.

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A magic eraser has taken dirt, splatters, and paint splatter off of it as well as most of the permanent marker, but it looks like some of the dye has soaked into fibres below the surface. I'm not sure what will remove/break down the dye that wouldn't also harm the color of the shell or the material itself.
Funny how much dirt and dust can be on something that you don't even notice, though, and I already went over it with a soapy cloth.

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Found the manufacturing logo, this one has the overlapping triangles from Summit Plastics.
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When I lived on the West side of Michigan during my internship and after school I purchased many Herman Miller and Knoll products. There are a ton of antique stops along US 31 and they have vintage pieces. As most of you know the West side of the state is home to Herman MIller, Steelcase, and Knoll so that kind of stuff is pretty norm if you come across it in antique shops.
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Re: Ever "found" valuable vintage furniture?

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yo wrote:I like a good bump. Keeps these old threads active!

Nice score. Looks like it might be real just judging by that underside. If the shell is in good shape that is a nice find. My brother found a great example of a fiberglass shell one in Orange just in a janitors closet at his school a few years back. Like any good student, he stole it, but unfortunately at some point someone drilled a hole through the seat of the shell (probably to drain water for outdoor use) totally ruining the value of it.



Actually, the way I found it was on horrid condition. Someone painted on top of the fiberglass shell with a thick, off-white, industrial paint. Using a large brush with very noticeable strokes. So with the help of Kate's (my girlfriend's) dad, the outer coat of paint was sanded down and coated with a classic orange. The rust from the eiffel legs was also blasted off. I then ordered feet/coasters from a reseller of Herman Miller parts from the UK to complete the chair.

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Re: Ever "found" valuable vintage furniture?

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Eleven months seems long enough.. .

I blundered into two Knoll Eero Saarinen "Tulip" Ashtrays at a yard sale earlier in the year. I got them both for $25 and sold them on eBay to a gentleman in Manilla for $1,000 ... I feel so, dirty.

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Nice. Hey, knowledge has value right! In this case, that value was $975.

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Awesome score, Lew! There's absolutely nothing wrong with what you did there. Exercise that knowledge and reap the benefits.
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