Hi — new face around here. Arrived late to a country auction this week (so I missed the preview) period but I saw this chair come up and I was able to buy it (relatively sight unseen) for $15.
It looks like Mulhauser's Mr. Chair for Plycraft but has no identifying marks left. The chair has clearly been victim to a lot of water damage (probably came out of a barn, my guess) — extensive water stains to the arms, the varnish is practically non-existent, plywood is very dried out, tons of rusted parts (screws, bolts) etc. There are a couple of mysteries however, and I was hoping to get some input.
The plywood shell seems to have been assembled in adhered strips, where the pinch in the frame occurs, there appears to be a seam that is then supported by a steel frame on the inside via 6 bolts thru the back and then patched to conceal the bolt.
My question is this: Would this model have originally been upholstered with a vinyl covering over the whole back side to disguise this somewhat unsightly seam-job? The model I have seems to have some sort of adhesive residue that would indicate so. But there's also no other indication that there was: no leftover vinyl stuck under the intact snaps for the (missing) pillow.
When I took the chair apart and gave it a pretty thorough cleaning, I gave the plywood a once-over with Rejuvenation Oil. After doing so, it's obvious the wood needs a bit more attention than that. I'll likely go over it with a fine-grit sandpaper and an orbital sander — but the back responded much more favorably to the oil than the arms did. Is this likely because they suffered more significant water exposure?
This chair uses the Flo-Tilt mechanism that like many people previous seems to have stopped working, the chair just falls to an untenable position. Any ideas about what causes this? Is a malfunctioning Flo-Tilt repairable or simply replaceable?
Sorry fort the wall of text, any partial answers or suggestions for resources are appreciated. I've attached some pics for reference. Thanks so much in advance!
PS. Apologies for the rotated images, these were all correct when posted, for some reason, the image uploader turned them.