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By Linda Martin Community Blogger
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Posted: November 26th, 2010
Antique Limbert Rocking Chair

I have two Limbert Rocking Chairs that I bought more than 20 years ago from my sister who was having a moving sale back in California.  I didn’t know they were Limberts and I didn’t even know who or what Limbert was at the time.  I knew they were old, a little beat up and oak.  I bought them for $6 each which is what my brother-in-law had on the sale label.  I thought they were crazy selling them.  They belonged to my brother-in-law’s grandparents from back in the early 1900s.  At least if I bought them they would stay in the family.

Years later I saw a chair almost like mine in an antique store and the clerk pointed out that it had a hot-iron brand under the arm showing it was a Limbert chair.  I checked mine when I got home and they also had the same brand under the arm.

At some point mine had been reupholstered and no longer had leather seats.  The faux leather has ripped over the years but the chairs were still usable. I fell in love with these chairs and they have moved everytime I moved.  I had to refinish one because of damage to the finish during a move (I know it hurt the value but I’m never selling them.)

Today as I was dusting the furniture the duster snagged on the seat of the chair.  NOOOOOoooooooo!!  The spring has broken on the chair and poked through.
You can use chairs that have upholstery damage but you can’t use the chair with a spring sticking up to catch on your clothes or skin.  The seats on these chairs have to fit perfectly inside the framework of the chair.  I don’t believe I’ll be able to fix a spring.  I can reupholster regular chairs but maybe not something specialized like these.

Now I have to see what it would cost to reupholster and fix something like this.  Leather is out of our price range right now so maybe some kind of needle-point tapestry-like material would be nice.  Maybe even faux leather again.  Just really disappointed that this happened because I love sitting in the chair and the timing is bad with Christmas right around the corner. Maybe there is a book or video out there that can show me how to do it.  Who knows, maybe I’ll learn how to fix springs and find my calling. If anyone has reupholstered something like this, please comment on the difficulty of fixing the springs.

Posted in: antique, furniture
3 Responses to “Antique Limbert Rocking Chair”
  1. Donna says:

    Charlotte Fabrics has recycled leather and I used it in one of my project. Check it out if you really want to use leather.

  2. Linda says:

    I had no idea there was such a store that recycled leather. After reading about it, it appears they grind up the leather and mix it with something and press it on a material backing so it really isn’t “real” leather. It does look a lot like leather but wouldn’t have the strength of leather. I’ll read more about it and if I find out anything more I’ll comment here.

  3. Cindy says:

    I have a Limbert Rocking chair w/ the drop-in cushion,too.Mine was recovered with a cotton slip cover to hide the crumbling original leather .

    D&L Upholstery in St.Louis was able to remove the old leather and replace it with new leather to retain the original look.They know a cool leather warehouse in St. Louis with an unbelievable selection!