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Antique Koken Barber Chairs

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Koken Barber Chairs

Koken Barber Chair

If you've ever seen pictures of old barber shops, you've probably seen one of these. These antique Koken barber chairs date back to 1906, when a salesman and artist by the name of Ernest Koken developed the first hydraulic barber chair.

He was already known to barber shops as a supplier of barber shop essentials and, when he unveiled his patented design, these chairs became such a success that they are still widely recognized as an essential part of a typical vintage barber shop.

In the modern world, vintage Koken barber chairs can sell at auction for thousands of dollars.

Ever consider owning a Koken barber chair? - Koken Barber Chairs for Sale on eBay

Ebay is a popular place to buy and sell collectibles. These are some of the Koken barber chairs that are up for sale right now.

Koken Barber Chair Foot Plate

Koken Barber Chair Foot Plate

More About Koken Barber Chairs

Koken Barber Chairs

Koken barber chairs are easily recognizable by their leather seats, padded arm and foot rests, and elaborate wood carvings. These were the first barber chairs to use a hydraulics system. Many vintage Koken barber chairs can be found in antique shops and online at sites like eBay, Craigslist and online antique marketplaces like Ruby Lane. Look for a Koken patent stamp.

This Koken Barber Chair (pictured right) sold on eBay for $1500.

Some Koken barber chairs have serious condition issues that can bring down the price. Most of these will be refurbished by collectors and dealers. A chair from the early 1900s in good condition can sell for $5,000 to $6,000. Be sure to test the hydraulics system to make sure it can rotate, lock and recline. If possible, be sure to have the Kroken chair appraised by an expert before you buy. Also keep in mind that an experienced photographer can disguise or downplay water spots and other damage, so be sure to include a contingency clause for damage in the purchase contract. Be sure to ask questions about the chair's history.

Some vintage-style Koken chairs are still in use at small town barber shops. Next time you visit a small town and need a haircut, be sure to look for an equally vintage style barber pole. It will be worth the visit just to have a chance to sit in a real vintage Koken chair.

Koken Barber Chair Design Patent

Koken Barber Chair Design Patent Drawing

Barber Chair Design Patent by Earnest E Koken, Pat. D40679

Koken Barber Chair

Koken Barber Chair

The Koken Manufacturing Company

The Koken Manufacturing Company is still in business and still producing quality chairs for the beauty and barber shop industry. Their St. Louis-based plant and administrative center currently employs 87 people, including engineers, woodworkers, machine operators and designers.

Koken's product line has evolved to meet the needs of the modern world and they also produce dental cabinets and assorted furniture for the beauty shop.

They have occasionally tried to branch out into other areas with limited success. The company has been through a number of hands and is currently owned by the Japanese beauty product manufacturers Takara-Belmont.

What Else Did Koken Sell?

  • Edward Koken started out by hand painting shaving mugs, around 1874. Look for a circular marking that says, "Decorated by Koken & Boppert St. Louis."
  • Personalized copper coins for barber customers are stamped with Koken's CO; St. Louis on one side and the name of the barber shop on the other.

Vintage Koken Barber Chairs for Sale on Craigslist

Another great place to find vintage Koken barber chairs for sale in your local area is to look on Craigslist. I've featured Craigslist listings from select cities around the country below. These listings update automatically every day, so you should see the most recent listings in your area. Would you like me to list a city near you? Leave me a comment at the bottom of this page and I'll add cities as they are requested. Don't forget to look in nearby cities too.

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  • ANTIQUE KOKEN BARBER CHAIR working with leather strap - Sold for $4500
  • 1897 Fully Restored Koken Barber Chair Congress - Sold for $3000
  • Antique Restored Koken Congress Hydraulic Wooden Barber Chair - Value Worth - Sold for $2300
  • Antique Oak Koken Barber Chair - Value Worth - Sold for $1560
  • Vintage Koken Barber Chair in good condition - Value Worth - Sold for $1500
  • Antique Koken Congress Hydraulic Wooden Barber Chair - Sold for $1425
  • Antique Koken Barber Chair - Sold for $1400
  • Restored Koken Barber Chair - Sold for $1300
  • Vintage 1930s Koken Barbers Chair Brown Leather, Porcelain, Stainless, Strop - Value Worth - Sold for $1034.99
  • Vintage Koken Koch Pedestal Porcelain Barber Chair - Sold for $600
  • Antique - Vintage Koken Hydraulic Porcelain Barber Chair - Sold for $575

  • Koken Chair Parts

    eBay is also a good place to find missing parts for your Koken barber chair restoration project. Here's some of the recent sale prices of Koken barber chair parts sold on eBay.
  • Very Rare Tray for Koken President Barber Chair that fits in the hole at the end of arms of chair - Sold for $301.99
  • Koken Wood Barber Chair Part Seat and Cushion - Sold for $250
  • Head rest For 1950s Koken Presidents Model Barber Chair Great Condition - Sold for $177.50
  • 1950s Koken Presidents Barber Chair Head Rest in Great Condition - Sold for $150
  • 1920s Koken Childs Barber Chair Step - Sold for $150
  • Antique Koken Barber Chair Porcelain Lollipop Handle - Sold for $120
  • Antique Vintage Koken Barber Chair Long Hinge Arms - Sold for $110.50
  • Antique Vintage KOKEN Barber Chair Foot rest Barberchair - Sold for $100
  • Original Antique KOKEN Barber chair head rest - Sold for $107.50
  • Koken Barber Chair Hydraulic Pump - Sold for $49.99
  • Antique Koken Barber Chair Seat Back Hinges, 503HR & 503HL - Sold for $45
  • Antique Koken Barber Chair Armrests with mounting brackets - Sold for $45
  • Large Antique Koken Congress Barber Chair Name Plate ID Tag - Sold for $44.99
  • Koken Barber Chair Hydraulic Mechanism Assembly Drawing - Sold for $27.50

Koken Barber Chair Sale Prices - How Much is a Koken Barber Chair Worth?

As with any collectible item, the value will vary depending on the rarity of the item and most importantly the condition of the collectible. Below I've listed some recent sale prices from eBay auctions for Koken Barber Chairs and parts. These are just to give you a rough idea of what buyers are willing to pay for an old Koken barber chair. The prices do not indicate what you may or may not get for a selling price for your particular item and should not be interpreted as an appraisal of any sort. I am just listing these Koken barber chair sale prices for your interest.

If you click on a link it will take you to the actual eBay listing for the item. However, eBay only maintains the SOLD listings for a certain period of time, so if the item's listing in no longer there, please leave me a comment about the dead link and I'll remove the link. Thanks! Also, the eBay completed listings also usually will show you some similar items that are currently for sale on eBay, so you can browse for similar vintage Koken barber chairs for sale. Enjoy!

Koken Barber Chairs SOLD on eBay

More Koken Barber Chair Sale Prices and Values - Koken Barber Chair Value

Here are some more recent sale prices of old Koken Barber Chairs sold online. I an NOT an appraiser of antiques or collectibles and therefore cannot give you an estimation of the value or worth of your Koken Barber Chair. You can, however, look through this list of sales and see if something similar to yours has sold recently. Sometimes you can determine the value by looking at what similar items in the same condition have sold for recently. But as with any antique or collectible piece, the rarity and condition of your item has a lot to do with its value, among other things.

Antique Koken Barber Chair in excellent condition - Sold for $2275

Koken barber chair works great. It tilts and hydraulic works. Razor straps included - Sold for $2000

1 Vintage Koken Uswed Barber Chair, Fully Functional - Sold for $1850

Early 1900s Koken St. Louis Barber Chair - Sold for $1295

Koken President barber chair 1950s - Sold for $1200

1909 Congress Hydrolic Koken Barber Chair - Sold for $1075

Antique Vintage Koken Barber Chair with Original Razor Strop. All the hydrolics work 105 years old from original owner - Sold for $1000

Koken barber chair- SHEAR MADNESS prop - Sold for $960

1920s Koken Vintage Barber Chair - Sold for $920

More About Koken Barber Chairs

Koken Barber Chairs

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Comments about Koken Barber Chairs - Old Barber Chairs

anonymous on June 30, 2013:

Bruce Cash Looking For a Side stool for an 1950,s Koken Barber Chair

anonymous on March 11, 2013:

@anonymous: Have you found an answer yet . eBay has quit a few . I would like to see a pic of it .

anonymous on March 10, 2013:

I'm looking for part's for an Acher barber chair, any ideas?

JeffGilbert on March 04, 2013:

this is a blast from small town past. :) Nice lens!!

JerryWojo on February 21, 2013:

I've sat in these and there very comfortable. Nice lens

anonymous on January 22, 2013:

i would like to find out how old my koken chair is and maybe its worth s no is 2339

anonymous on January 22, 2013:

i would like to find out how old my koken chair is and maybe its worth s no is 2339

anonymous on January 02, 2013:

I love reading about these Koken Barber Chairs, thank you for sharing.

anonymous on January 01, 2013:

@anonymous: I also have a Koken chair with an octagon shape seat and base. Mine has brass footrest and several other brass and porcelin parts. I too am looking for pricing information but I am not sure about the actual year, etc. Where did you find this information?

anonymous on January 01, 2013:

I have a Koken Otagon Porcelain barber chair. I have been trying to find information regarding the value of this chair. It looks like some of the 1910 chairs I have seen posted. It is in very good condition! I am considering selling this chair because of needed space. Any information that could help me put a value or even a date on this chair would be appreciated.

anonymous on November 22, 2012:

I have a 1880s Koken Barber Chair would anyone on here be interested in it!! It has the Dog face arms and is in great condition. send me an email for pics at and I'll get back to ya!!

anonymous on November 13, 2012:

I have a koken barberchair that has a seat attached to chair and there is supposed to be something that attaches to the arm of the chair, but don't know what that would be. Could you tell me what attaches to the arm? Maybe something that would hold a cup.

anonymous on September 16, 2012:

I have a Koken Congress 500, in excellent original condition. I have been watching ebay for the last 5 months and have not seen anything similar. It has an octagon shape(seat and base) with brass fooetrest and marble armrests. Appreciate any help for pricing. Thank you, Tom

anonymous on July 27, 2012:

hi i have just bought a koken barber do not now any thing about it need help finding about this one i found a picture of one on kokens page but did not say year any info except congress pedestal hydraulic#200 any info would help thank george

dcopps on March 11, 2012:

I absolutely remember sitting in chairs of this make as a youth. What a memory. Great Lens.

rayray131 on February 15, 2012:

I have always wanted one. Great Lens

Heidi from Benson, IL on February 11, 2012:

Neat -- I like what you did with it. :)

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