It's not clear how old the chairs are, but they probably don't yet qualify as antiques. The picture below, taken in 1961, the year before City Hall was relocated from 327 Warren Street (the original City Hall, now known as Hudson Hall) to 520 Warren Street, suggests that the chairs may date from 1962. Although many elements of the original 1855 Council chamber made the move and were reinstalled at 520 Warren Street, the new space may have necessitated new desks and chairs for the aldermen.
The chairs were made at L&B, whose factory, according to the label, was located in Hudson, NY. Since the L&B factory in Hudson wasn't built until 1982 (L&B had previously been located in Stottville), the chairs cannot be more than 36 years old. Annoyingly, whoever entered the date of delivery on this tag, which was never removed, didn't do so in a way that could be deciphered.
However old they actually are, you can get ten well-built, matching chairs--chairs that have been part of four decades of Hudson history--at a real bargain. The opening bid for all ten is $10.
The auction ends on July 19. Click here to learn more.
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