A Koken barber chair is a vintage barber chair made during the 1800s and early 1900s. It is manufactured by the Koken Barbers Supply Company in the United States and supplied all the barbers in the country. Earnest E. Koken is the founder of the famous brand of barber chair. The most famous barber chair they manufactured is the hydraulics-powered barber chair in which the barber is given the ability to lower and risen the chair for more comfort and convenience. During the 1950s, the company went out of business and a Japanese company used the Koken name to produce barber supplies.
Koken barber chairs are made from the finest materials by craftsmen. The chairs feature tufted leather seats, padded foot and arm rests and constructed frames made up of quarter-sawn oak or walnut. Oftentimes, the frames are made from elaborate wood carvings and even the metal works were done in an elaborate manner. There are beautiful and elaborate scroll designs on the seat brackets, parts of the foot rests, and the base. The most valuable feature of Koken chairs is the hydraulics which made the company very famous and known.
Koken barber chairs nowadays vary when it comes to value. There are some Koken chairs being sold at the price of $500. A price like this will have rust and upholstery issues. This is actually not a good buy because even if you replace the upholstery it will still look awkward and the rust will be very difficult to remove. However, there are still Koken chairs that are still in good condition and the price range for this varies around $2000 – $6000. Yes, it might be a bit pricey but for dedicated barbers out there, they know the true value of Koken chairs and will probably get one for their shop or for their home. This is a particular interest of dedicated barbers in which some people cannot understand as we all have different interests. However, nothing beats having a vintage chair in your shop as this will likely get the attention of clients and will also exude personality in your barber shop.
Koken barber chairs can be found in antique stores and EBay. You could also check out local newspapers for auctions. It is best that before you buy a particular koken barber chair, have a second source to appraise the barber chair so you will be assured of the chair’s authenticity and value because some other sellers might be lying about the price.
A Koken barber chair is very beautiful and very classic and will give out sophistication in your barber shop and your home.