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.