Koken ‘Congress’ barber chair in oak and nickel plated steel. Ernest Koken patented the hydraulic barber chair in 1881. A German immigrant, he settled in St. Louis and pioneered the iconic barber chair and virtually cornered the market on barber shop interiors. He had competition, but none rivaled the quality and design of the firm. This particular chair, the Congress, came on the market in the 1880s and is widely regarded among collectors and historians as the finest chair of its kind ever produced. Fashioned from quarter sawn oak and nickel plated steel, the Congress is characterized by its distinctive round seat and back and its prominent badging. With original head rest and child seat.
45”h x 28”w