Rejuve Finds: Toledo Factory Chairs, c. 1930


These handsome vintage factory chairs complete any industrial-themed home or office space. But their contoured varnished wood and adjustable seat backs were originally designed with the draftsman of the early 1900s in mind.

What is today known as Toledo Furniture began in the late 1890s as Uhl’s Cycle Emporium in Toledo, OH. As the demand for automobiles grew and the need for bicycles declined, the company switched to manufacturing ice cream parlor seats and eventually furniture for commercial and industrial use. These drafting chairs from the 1930s recently came to Rejuvenation’s salvage store and are incredibly durable thanks to their unique “locked truss-rail leg” assembly — which can be seen at the lower third of the stools. These chairs were made to withstand the test of time, which makes them a warm and storied addition to any space today.


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