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- 28 Dec 2011 -
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I have an old swan chair which has a fitting on the right side and I am not entirely sure what this is for. something in memory tells me it is tilt but i can see where a handle would fit. does any one have images they could show of the old chair with a handle?? Tak

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- 29 Dec 2011

Simon
The swan chairs used to be available with tilt function (which makes them much more comfortable) and the hole you see is to adjust the tension on the tilt. However, unlike the egg chair with tilt, the swan chair just has a hole where you can insert an allen wrench to tighten or loosen the tension. There is no visible handle on the exterior.

- 29 Dec 2011

I've had a tilting version...
I've had a tilting version that looks like this....Never knew it could be adjusted


- 29 Dec 2011

jesgord
Is the upholstery original? It's not uncommon for them to be reupholstered and the hole to be covered up.

I have a pair that I had redone in cognac leather. The shop did not make a hole in the new upholstery, but I know where the opening belongs (you can feel it if you run your fingertips over that area) and I'm happy with the tension on the tilt, so I figured I'd leave it as it is.

- 29 Dec 2011

Yikes!
So did you get an allen wrench into the fitting? It won't budge?

I guess I'd try a bit of WD40 or comparable lubricant, taking care not to soil the upholstery if it is in good shape of course.

If it can't be adjusted, is the tension too high or too low? Can you live with the amount of tension or tilt as it is?

I don't know how you might fix it as it is inside the foam structure and to get to the mechanism you'd have to strip the chair of it's upholstery and foam and probably cut into the foam.

Good luck.

- 30 Dec 2011

It budged but
Was tighter than my dads wallet and still the chair does not tilt. May need to soften it with some wd40 if it has been unused for years.

I dare not force it as i dont fancy breaking the back!

- 05 Feb 2017

Hello jesgord,

I know that this is an old subject, but I recently acquired a Arne Jacobsen "Swan" chair exactly like yours. I would love to pick your mind about a few things. I will check back to this thread a couple times a day to see if you have responded.

Best Regards,

Peruche

- 06 Feb 2017

Jesgord,

I just recently purchased what I think is a Arne Jacobsen "Swan" office chair. The base to the chair looks correct except for the screw to lock down the swivel rotation. Most bases have the screw closer to the bottom, but your chair and the one I have the screw is more towards the top. Have you found out anything about this? does this indicate later or earlier model. Also and unfortunately, my chair is missing the Fritz Hansen aluminum label, so I'm digging a little deeper to make sure everything is correct.

Thanks,

Peruche

- 06 Feb 2017

Jesgord,

I forgot to mention, in the pics i posted that the screw for the swivel rotation is missing. But, the placement of the hole on the base is exactly like your chair.

Thanks,

Peruche

- 06 Feb 2017

Peruche, I don't have the chair anymore and have not seen enough of these chairs to know the subtle differences regarding screw locations. Sorry I can't be of more help.

- 06 Feb 2017

jesgord,

After rethinking this subject over the evening, the simple answer to all my questions to you should be......
Did your chair still retain a Fritz Hansen label on the base? If so, was it a new label or a older aluminum label? Jesgord, I have a friend of mine that owns 2 original swan chairs (without casters/with labels) and I have put my chair side by side to his and everything perfectly matches except the screw location for the swivel rotation & the missing label.

Danish-homestore.com,

Not sure if you still own your Swan chair or not, but I think I have an answer to your years old question. I read somewhere that at a certain point in time with later produced chairs (late 60s - early 70s) they started disabling the tilt tension function by welding the mechanism in the interior of the chair closed to stop you from adjusting the tilt on the chair(one tilt degree for all). Strange because they still continued to sell the chair with the hole on the right back underside were the arm/wrench would enter. Maybe they still produced them that way for a while for the look? Anyways, my chair has the hole for the tilt tension function but was missing the arm/wrench. Seeing that I am having the chair reupholstered I thought I would have my metal restoration/fabricator guy make a new arm/wrench for me. He called me the other day (2/1/17) to tell me it couldn't be done because BAM!!! the tilt tension mechanism had been Welded!!!.... Interesting.... Danish-homestore.com, seeing that these chairs were welded by hand, maybe your chairs tension mechanism was welded to the point that it won't allow it to tilt at all?

"Danish-homestore.com - 30 Dec 2011 #8

It budged but, Was tighter than my dads wallet and still the chair does not tilt. May need to soften it with some wd40 if it has been unused for years.

I dare not force it as i dont fancy breaking the back!"

- 06 Feb 2017

I'm sorry-it was a while ago and I really do not remember clearly. That said, I do not think it had a sticker.

- 06 Feb 2017

Jesgord,

Thank you for your responses, I am going to contact Fritz Hansen to get some more information about this chair.

Best Regards,

Peruche

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