The Louis Hanson Company was a prominent Chicago furniture maker. The Hanson Company was founded in Chicago around 1883 by Danish immigrant, Louis Hanson. His company first established itself as a manufacturer of picture frames and moldings. Years later, the company was known for producing high-quality hall furniture and mirrors. Most likely it was an easy transition to other types of furniture, like barber chairs. American furniture companies began manufacturing reclining barber chairs in the early 1880s.
This early Louis Hanson barber chair was built before the turn of the century. It probably dates to around 1880, since chairs built later in the 19th century utilized hydraulics to adjust the chair height. The decorative carvings in this oak chair were typical in that time period, as well as the plush upholstery. Other features were the adjustable footrest and the swiveling seat, which could also be put in a reclining position.
We no longer own this item, but it is a great example of early Americana. Items such as these are highly desirable by collectors of barbershop ephemera.
This item is not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration. We also enjoy sharing the photos of the many items we have restored over the years.