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Antique Hanson Barber Chair

September 22nd, 2010 · 17 Comments

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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.

Louis Hanson Chair

Late 19th Century Barber Chair

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.

Reclining Hanson Chair

Hanson Barber Chair

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.

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Luster // Sep 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I’ve got the same chair except it has the metal pnuematic base, but the oak arms and chair frame are almost exactly the same. It’s been in my wife’s family for maybe 70 years. I haven’t started restoration yet but will as soon as I am able. It’s good to see what you did with yours. Gives me some great ideas.

  • 2 Antonio Rojas // Oct 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I´ll like to get a chair like this for my dad. Where I can get an item as beautiful as this one?

  • 3 Harry Ragsdale // Nov 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I have a 1930 – 1945 “ish” Hanson Barber chair and need to find a replacement part. The cast bracket that attaches to the seat back and has the hinge pin for the arm rest has broken at the point wher the hinge pin is inserted. Any idea where I could find this part?

  • 4 James Lewis // Jan 2, 2012 at 11:41 am

    i have allmost the same chair but the base is pnuematic? i would like to sell it is all org. and the hydraulice still works has been in storage for the last 40 years

  • 5 Ron Luster // Feb 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Hi again,
    First I want to correct an error in my original message. Instead of pneumatic, I meant to say that it has a Hydraulic base, duh!
    And Harry Ragsdale, in answer to your message, Hansen didn’t make barber chairs after about 1905. After that the line was taken over by Emil Paidar. If yours says Louis Hanson, it’s older than you think. Parts are going to be rough to come by but every now and then you see a chair show-up in the northern US or Canada. Believe it or not mine was in Mexico. Hope you find your part. These chairs are rare.

  • 6 Julie // Aug 24, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I’m a descendant of Louis Hanson. As I understand it, the company started making mirrors then moved into general barber furniture then switched to furniture. During WWII they made sea chests for the Navy. His grandson left the company and designed radio and early TV cabinets. I keep hoping to find a barber chair, as I think they are the coolest of the Hanson company products.

  • 7 Tracy // Oct 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Hello I have one of these chairs for sale excellent condition. Please email me your phone no. and I’ll be in touch with pictures, etc.

  • 8 Randy // Oct 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Email me with the photos and price.

  • 9 ed // Nov 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Hi I need some help. Does anyone know were I could get my antique barber chair restored in Los Angeles, California? Thanks.

  • 10 Bob Archer // Nov 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    hi, I just bought a Louis Hanson barber chair in pretty decent shape at an auction for $50.00. There,s no headrest. Is there any interest in it? Bob

  • 11 Scott Hastie // Nov 26, 2012 at 12:05 am

    I have a Louis Hanson chair that i just had completely restored so obviously by comments above it has to be at least early 1900’s vintage, as it says above they quit making barber chairs in 1905. What is one totally restored worth? We have totally redone it, new seals in the pump, wood all refinished, metal pieces all re-nickel plated, head rest & all parts are there, new leather on seat & back, pump working fine all working & looking real good, what is the value of it now restored??

  • 12 vintagevending // Nov 26, 2012 at 9:44 am

    We do not do appraisals or give value estimations of any items. To get an idea what yours is worth, it may help to scan online auction sites or talk with other collectors either in our forum or at flea markets or meets. As with any vintage item, the market is volatile, depending on the economy and scarcity of a particular items.

  • 13 Trahvae // Jan 16, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I’m very interested in finding 2 Louis Hanson chairs for my salon, it’s in a Victorian mansion that was built around the turn of the century by the Tone Spice family. Thanks for your reply, Trahvae

  • 14 Bob Kish // Feb 18, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Hi. We have an old Hanson barbers chair that is missing the head rest. Any thoughts as to who might have excess parts for sale? I can forward a photo of the chair if that helps. Any help is appreciated
    Thank you.
    Bob Kish

  • 15 Ronnie // Oct 31, 2013 at 10:06 am


    Can you send me pictures of your chair.

  • 16 vintagevending // Nov 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Ronnie, We no longer have these pictures. These were posted to inform and share our love all things retro with our readers.

  • 17 Carole // Jan 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

    We have a Hanson barber chair with porcelain arms and base. Its beautifully restored.
    Is any one interested in a purchase?

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