Antique Barber Chairs

Antique barber chairs are becoming ever more popular among collectors. Truth be told, there are not so many available these days. If you are interested in owning one either for your business or your home, you will probably have to do a little more research on the Internet. This site aims to bring together antique barber chair enthusiasts so that you’ll have a place to discuss anything about the subject.

As you probably know, the first barber chair was developed by Ernest Koken in 1906. Allowing the barber to adjust the chair, depending on the height of the person, may seem like a simple process. Interestingly, it was a total innovation at that time. In addition, the barber could also turn the custome using a swivel. Both the footrest and the reclining back were a welcome addition. All these features were very handy to the barber at some point in the beginning of the 19th century.


What Makes Antique Barber Chairs So Special?

It’s difficult to tell, but there’s something magical about an old barber chair. You can sit on one, close your eyes, and imagine yourself getting a haircut one hundred years ago. That nostalgic feeling is simply irresistible. They are also stylish (not like the chairs you’ll find at modern hair salons nowadays). And believe it or not, these barber chairs are really comfortable even if they were made over a century ago!


The Most Famous Barber Chairs

As mentioned previously, the first barber chair was built by Koken. Therefore, antique Koken barber chairs are usually the most popular as well as the most valuable. Other well known brands are Koch, Belmont, Emil J. Paidar, and Weber.


Where Can I Buy An Antique Barber Chair?

If you’re lucky, somebody near you might have one for sale. Quite often, you will have to look for these kinds of barber chair at auctions and antique shops.


How Much Do They Cost?

It would typically depend on the brand, the state of the barber chair, and the materials used among others. Prices normally range from a few hundred bucks to several thousand dollars.


Original or Replica?

If you want to save some money, you can always go for the replica. Although it’s also kind of magical to sit on an original antique barber chair and imagine that your great grandfather would have been sitting on it.

If you want to learn more, hang out with fellow collectors.

Click here to go to our Antique Barber Chairs Forum about and leave your message!


If you are looking to buy or sell a chair, chick here to visit the marketplace and post your ad


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248 Comments to “Antique Barber Chairs”

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  3. I have four Belmont-takara model m54 chairs for sale.if interested please call 816-739-8708.asking 450.00 each.missouri

  4. keith fortenberry

    Anyone around North Louisiana? I have two old barber chairs, one with claw feet the other with round base.
    I will be in the area in a couple of weeks cleaning out the warehouse.

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  5. I have a couple of Koch barber chairs patent date August 8 1914 Chicago. Does anybody know what they might be worth. They are in really good condition. There is also a baby chair non ornamental. I was previously told only a couple hundred of the baby chairs were made. If anybody can help me I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you. I can be reached at

  6. Looking for a Koken “Congress” barber chair. It was the 1090 to 1900 run of the chair I have been told. Very nice square seat and back with a large square foot rest and very orientmantal. Wanting to buy one to work off of LOVE these chairs. Please email me if you have any info.

  7. I have a a Koken barber chair for sale in central NJ. Not certain of the model, but it is marked “B 12089”. Please feel free to contact me for pictures or to make an offer.

  8. Looking for any info on an older Emil J Praidar chair, especially the lock adjustment to keep the chair from rotating, and any servicing procedures. Thanks

  9. A friends has opened an old barber shop that has a 1965 Koch barber chair.
    She needs to know the method to get the chair back to lay down flat.

  10. Hi we have for sale another Antique Horse head for a Children’s Barber Chair. We think it may be French, at least boutght in France…you can see it at, thanks, Marsha

  11. Hi there! I have a Koken Anchor barber chair for sale, I’m asking $2500 but I am taking offers as well! I am in the Houston area, and you can reach me @ 832 331 5421
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  12. Have 2 1963 Koch barber chairs for sale fully functional just needs some upholstery and missing head rest.

    Both White Let me know if interested.



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