What’s it Worth? Appraisal for Green Man chair

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Susan asks:


My family calls this the “Hanes” chair as it was given to my grandfather when he worked on Mr. Hanes house. Mr. Hanes of Hanes Mills, in Winston-Salem, NC, though I’m not sure which Hanes it was.

It has been in my family for at least 60 years. There are no markings anywhere that I can see. It looks like someone put a layer of shellac or varnish on it, probably my grandfather. There used to be a
cushion in the seat. There are 2 holes underneath the lion heads on each side. Please excuse the cat.


AW says: Thanks Susan. Your chair is a Victorian era chair with a “Green Man” motif. The Green Man is a prominent figure in European folk-lore and found in many mediums including furniture, pottery and architectural design.

Your chair appears to be made of oak under a dark stain and shellac. The Green Man design was applied to the chair via an applique method. The pieces were carved first, then applied to the chair.

The lion heads were carved on the posts.


Date range: 1870-90


Retail value:
(top price)

Wholesale value: $195
(The mid range price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $150
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common terminology, nicknames, keywords: Victorian, green man, oak chair

Care and storage tips: If this gets scuffed or scratched, a bit of Olde English scratch cover for dark wood will cover the wear.