This is only the second old Thonet chair I have ever seen and I am not sure of the age of this chair, but I think it might be an early one. It belongs to a friend and it was given to him by his mother for his children. Well the kids are too big for the chair so he was going to give it to his neighbor, but wanted me to look at it first. [He is not giving it away now].
The caned seat is in remarkably good condition, they are usually damaged.
The caned back however was damaged and the replacement of the back would require the bent wood spline from the back to be removed to expose the caning holes and groove for the caning.
The spline is difficult to see but it runs around the back in two pieces, one straight one at the bottom and one curved piece for the sides and top, nice touch.
Here is the Shop label on the inside front of the chair seat.
There are also well worn paper labels, I can make out ‘Beware of Imitators – No Goods Certified without this Trademark’. There are also several small pieces of paper with ’24′ printed on them and glued to the undersides of the arms and inside legs, see left hand side of the picture below.
I think I am going to try and talk the owner into allowing me to restore this nice little chair. I did some research but have not seen another image of this chair.