Have you ever made an impulse purchase? Sure you have! I mean, I do it all the time. In fact, I did it just a few months ago with these chairs. I was out to lunch, and we came across a store that I had never seen before. They were hardly ever open during hours I could shop, but on this particular day a man stood in the doorway and things were being carried out. I asked if they were open, he said no, but he told me that I could look around.
I spotted these awesome chairs, that have the most beautiful cast aluminum cabriole legs on the front with a rose and leaf detail. I thought they'd be perfect in my dining room, reupholstered in a linen, or maybe even a wild animal print velvet, like the Scalamandre Leopardo that I have on the sofa. But when I got them home, they didn't work. And I couldn't return them. I thought I could take the highly ornamental legs off of the chairs and build benches, but I just don't have the place for a bench.
They were made in the 70's by Kessler Industries out of El Paso, Texas. Kessler Industries did a ton of stamped aluminum furniture back then, including this Hollywood Regency version - numbered 6326.
These chairs can be found on the internet places like first dibs, where this pair is $950 PLUS $300 shipping:
They're boudoir chairs, which is why the didn't work for me as dining room chairs. They're pretty petite in size, but they'd be absolutely gorgeous in a house where you had room to have occasional chairs dotting a hallway or in the corner of a bedroom, even around a playroom table for little tastemakers in training.
Now, IF you're lucky enough to have room for a bench, or benches, these legs do come off VERY easily. They're held to the bottom of the chair with flat head screws. So with a simple screwdriver, they can be removed and reused for alternative purposes. Now for overall measurements:
Chair height from floor: 31"
Seat height from floor: 16"
Seat width (at widest) 16.5"
Seat back width (at widest) 13"
Unfortunately, FOR THE LIFE OF ME, I can't figure out how to rescale the following pictures to be the correct orientation. I apologize for that - but, here they are:
The chairs are in good shape considering their age. As I said, I was planning on reupholstering them, but the scale is just not right for me - so I have to let them go. Damage I've noticed:
2 of the chairs are missing the plastic guards for the back legs.
There are two chairs with slight tears to the vinyl, at the front and back where it was stretched over the curves of the chair seats.
The double welt cording that is around the back of the chair is loose in one place of one chair.
There is some discoloration the seat of one chair. It appears to have less sheen than the others.
There is some crazing to the vinyl on the back side, where dirt and dust seems to have settled in, causing some dark veining.
I've tried to photograph these issues as best I can.
All four of them could be yours! (Sorry, I can't split them up.)
Includes shipping to the Continental United States of America
I will mail them via USPS Priority Mail, and they will be somewhat disassembled. You'll have to reattach the front legs and seats to the back of the chair. This is so easy! All you'll need is a flat head screwdriver.
Make sure to look at all the pics, ask questions if you'd like! I'm happy to help however I can. No returns. Sorry!