For those that do not know "Hitchcock" is a generic term for stencil decorated furniture. There were many companies that produced Hitchcock furniture. There was Ethan Allen, S-Bent, Nichols and stone and the Hitchcock chair company to name a few. We restore all of them but are not affiliated with them. We have artists that used to work at the Hitchcock chair company that trace and cut all of our stencils. Hitchcock chair company chair stencils were amongst the most elaborate so usually all of the other company ones are a piece of cake to trace and cut
We are now going to be offering in home touch up of any wood surface you have in your home. not just Hitchcock style furniture but any kind of finished wood. please email for a quote. For refinishing prices please go to www.hitchcockrestoration.com
One question I get asked a lot is " If I refinish my Hitchcock style furniture
will the value go up". There are 2 answers to this, yes and no. Yes it will go
up in value if it is done professionally and correctly. The other answer is
no it will go down in value if it is not done correctly. Then
why do they tell you on the Antiques Road Show not to refinish it, well its the
same reason you do not see people with $5,000 Hitchcock chairs on the Road
They were mass produced.
First there is supply and demand. When Hitchcock started making chairs back
in the early 1800's his goal was mass production. many households could not
afford chairs. They were too expensive. Hitchcock, decades before henry Ford
decided to mass produce chairs on an assembly line type operation. In his 20 or
so years he made his chairs, tens of thousands were produced, and produced at a
reasonable price where the average household could afford them. When Hitchcock
re-opened in the late 1940's they had the same goal. To mass produce to keep
costs down. Talking to Mark Artruc an ex-employee he
informed me that for at least 2 straight decades Hitchcock was producing 250
chairs, 100 tables, and 50 case good furniture pieces PER DAY!> There is one
thing about my business that I am not worried about, and that is finding
Another thing a lot of people did not know is that Hitchcock chair co refinished
furniture themselves until they were bought in the early 1990's. They did not
advertise it, but if you asked they would do it. Also up until they closed, for
$99 an hour, they would send someone to your house to do touch up work (this
they advertised). Hitchcock would also refinish their own pieces, especially if
they had a canceled special order color.
Now there is condition. Hitchcock is known for their bold and beautiful
stencil designs, hand craftsmanship, and quality furniture. That is why it
commands the prices it gets. An antique with the finish worn off it is almost
worthless, and even a good example of an antique usually sells for less than an
excellent condition example made recently. It is because of the finish. They are
all sturdy well built chairs, but the value is in the finish.
Click here for our separate restoration website www.hitchcockrestoration.com
This picture shows how inconsistent Hitchcock was with their colors. These are 2 different tables and both are in a harvest stain. Hitchcock changed the colors with trends and kept the names the same.
Here are 2 rooms of mine filled with furniture waiting to be refinshed.