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Elm and Fruitwood Captain's Chair
Located in Wilson, NC
This captain's chair has scrolled arms and a flared back rest. The arms are supported by four
Category

Antique 1880s English Chairs

Materials

Elm, Fruitwood

Elm and Fruitwood Captain's Chair
Elm and Fruitwood Captain's Chair
H 31.38 in W 25.5 in D 21.75 in
Oak Captain's Chair, England, circa 1890
Located in Culver City, CA
Oak Captain's chair. England circa 1890. Carved seat and back, turned spindles, legs, and
Category

Antique 19th Century English Chairs

Materials

Oak

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Captain Chairs
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
One of Edward Wormley's most famous and elegant chairs. A timeless masterpiece. The Captain Chair
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Captain Chairs
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Captain Chairs
H 32.75 in W 24.5 in D 25.5 in
Antique Desk Swivel Captains Chair
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful traditional shipping era swivel Chippendale desk chair. The Captain's Chair, with the
Category

Antique 1890s English Chesterfield Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Antique Desk Swivel Captains Chair
Antique Desk Swivel Captains Chair
H 33.08 in W 25.6 in D 24.41 in
1960s Arne Hovmand-Olsen Captain’s Chair
Located in High Point, NC
This captain’s chair designed by Arne Hovmand-Olsen was made in Denmark, circa 1960. The curved
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Jute, Teak

1960s Arne Hovmand-Olsen Captain’s Chair
1960s Arne Hovmand-Olsen Captain’s Chair
H 31.5 in W 19.5 in D 16.9 in
Sheep leather Captains Chair / office chair
Located in Harderwijk, NL
Offered this elegant Captains Chair is both height-adjustable and tiltable. This beautiful
Category

Late 20th Century Dutch Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather, Sheepskin

Sheep leather Captains Chair / office chair
Sheep leather Captains Chair / office chair
H 36.23 in W 23.63 in D 26.38 in
English Art 7 Craft Swivel Captain Chair, circa 1920
Located in Markington, GB
English swivel captain chair, circa 1920. Original swivel captain’s chair, is in very good
Category

Early 20th Century English Arts and Crafts Swivel Chairs

Materials

Oak

English 19th Century Oak Captain's Chair
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
A splendid captain’s chair, made in England, circa 1870 of solid oak. The antique has fantastic
Category

Antique 19th Century English Chairs

Materials

Oak

English 19th Century Oak Captain's Chair
English 19th Century Oak Captain's Chair
H 30.5 in W 24.25 in D 20 in
English Victorian Captains Chair - 19th Century England
Located in Beuzevillette, FR
Beautiful Victorian era armchair called "Captain Chair" or "Smoker Chair" in turned wood with four
Category

Antique 19th Century English Victorian Chairs

Materials

Oak

20th Century, Captain Chair English Armchair Leather
Located in Berlin, DE
20th Century, Captain chair English armchair leather Classic English armchair / leather armchair
Category

20th Century British Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather

Childs Chair, in the Style of a Captain’s Chair
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Childs chair, in the style of a Captain’s chair This is a very unusual child’s chair, the chair
Category

Antique Early 1900s Country Chairs

Materials

Beech

20th Century, Captain chair English Armchair Leather
Located in Berlin, DE
20th Century, Captain chair English Armchair Leather Classic English armchair / leather armchair
Category

20th Century British Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather

“Captain’s Chair” Solid Oak, Lacquered Steel, Upholstered Modern Lounge Chair
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Captain’s chair is our very first piece of production furniture, The chair embodies his core
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Metal

Lawrence Peabody Mid Century Captains Chair
By Lawrence Peabody
Located in Countryside, IL
Lawrence Peabody Mid Century captains chair This chair measures: 21.5 wide x 19.5 deep x 30
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Early Modern Danish Cabinetmaker "Captains Chair" in Patinated Oak
By Henning Kjærnulf
Located in Odense, DK
early modern take on the traditional English "Captains chair" in beautifully patinated solid oak
Category

Vintage 1930s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chairs

Materials

Oak

Bentwood Pine and Poplar Captains Chairs
Located in New York, NY
4 bentwood (First quarter of the 20th century) stripped pine and poplar wood round back captains
Category

20th Century Polish Country Armchairs

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery, Wood, Poplar, Bentwood

Arthur Espenet Carpenter Captains Chair. Red Lacquer, Black Leather. Signed.
By Arthur Espenet Carpenter
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rare "Captains Chair" by Arthur Espenet Carpenter. Original red lacquered wood and black leather
Category

Vintage 1980s American Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

Vintage Sculptural Walnut Pair Of Adrian Pearsall ‘Captains’ Chairs
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Southampton, NJ
A sculptural pair of ‘Captains’ chairs Model #916-CC having walnut frames, striking Maharam's Paul
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Leather, Cotton, Walnut

Phloem Studio Captains Chair, Handcrafted Modern Rope Woven Seat Armchair
By Phloem Studio
Located in Stevenson, WA
A modern contemporary take on a classic Captains chair handmade custom to order. With turned
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

Materials

Rope, Hardwood

Studio-Made Captain’s Chairs in American Black Walnut, Winged Foot-2020
By Montaperto Studios, Justinian Montaperto, Angelo Montaperto
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Four remaining examples of a set of 90 handmade solid walnut Windsor captain’s chairs executed for
Category

2010s American Victorian Club Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Modern English Mahogany and Leather Captains Chair
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Modern English mahogany and leather captains chair, of typical form with subtle details, custom
Category

20th Century English Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass

English Elm and Oak Low Back Windsor / Captain's Chair, Early 19th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
An early 19th century solid elm and oak Windsor style low back captain's chair. Recently
Category

Antique Early 19th Century English Windsor Chairs

Materials

Elm, Oak

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Captain Chairs In Holly Hunt Great Plains
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Dallas, TX
One of Edward Wormley's most famous and elegant chairs. A timeless masterpiece. The Captain Chair
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

Victorian Captains Chair
Located in Whaley Bridge, GB
uprights and generous seat, all standing on substantial turned legs united by double stretchers. This chair
Category

Antique Late 19th Century English Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Ash

Victorian Captains Chair
Victorian Captains Chair
H 30.71 in W 26.38 in D 23.62 in
19th Century Cream Leather Buttonback Captains Chair With Brass Studs & Castors
Located in High Wycombe, GB
19th Century Cream Soft Leather & Polished Mahogany Buttonback Chesterfield Captains Chair
Category

Antique 19th Century British Victorian Club Chairs

Materials

Brass

Set of Four Country Danish Painted Windsor Captain's Chair
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Whimsical and festive set of four Windsor style captains chairs or smokers chairs featuring a hand
Category

20th Century Danish Country Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Armchair Captain's Chair Black Swedish 19th Century Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Armchair Captain's chair black Swedish 19th century Sweden. An armchair made during the end of 19th
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Swedish Folk Art Armchairs

Materials

Wood

Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb Mid Century Occasional Captains Chairs - Pair
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Countryside, IL
Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb Mid Century Occasional Captains Chairs - Pair Each chair measures
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall 916-CC Captain Chair for Craft Associates
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Uncommon Adrian Pearsall 916-CC captain chair for Craft Associates, 1960s with fun patterned newer
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Walnut

Model 67 Captain Chair by Erik Buch for Ørum Møbler
By Erik Buch, Ørum Møbler
Located in London, ON
The Model 67 Captain Chair by Erik Buch for Ørum Møbler is a timeless and elegant piece of
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Materials

Upholstery, Teak

19Thc Walnut Captains Chairs From Maine
Located in Los Angeles, CA
19Thc Walnut captains arm chairs in fine condition and very sturdy.These arm chairs have a
Category

Antique 1870s American Adirondack Chairs

Materials

Wood

ANTIQUE CIRCA 1800 SHIPS CAPTAiNS CHAIR WITH ROYAL CROWN AND ANCHOR CARVED
Located in GB
, circa 1800 hand carved Mahogany ships captains chair depicting a Royal Crown and Anchor to the backrest
Category

Antique Early 1800s English Georgian Swivel Chairs

Materials

Leather, Hardwood

Set of Four Captain Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Atlanta, GA
A wonderful set of four American black Walnut 'Captain" chairs handcrafted by George Nakashima in
Category

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Walnut

1980s Mid-Century Danish Modern Style Captain Chairs by Benny Linden Design.
By Benny A. Linden
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of 1980s Mid-Century Danish Modern Style Captain Chairs by Benny Linden Design. Feature a
Category

Vintage 1980s Thai Scandinavian Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Teak

Pair of George Nakashima Captain's Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of George Nakashima Chairs. Beautiful original finish. Original clients name on underside of
Category

Vintage 1960s North American Chairs

Materials

Walnut

19th Century Original Paint Decorated Captains Chair with Eagle and Stars
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This amazing all original painted and decorated sea captains chair from New England. This chair has
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century American American Classical Painted Furniture

Materials

Pine

Unique Antique 1880 George Hepplewhite Wheatgrass Captains Chair Brown Leather
By George Hepplewhite
Located in GB
George Hepplewhite Wheatgrass revolving captains chair which has been fully restored with hand dyed brown
Category

Antique 1880s English High Victorian Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

Rare Pair of Walnut Captain Chair by Wharton Esherick
By Wharton Esherick
Located in Atlanta, GA
woodworker Wharton Esherick (1887-1970), the pair of "Captain's Chairs" manifests the beauty of a minimalism
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Walnut

Pair of Mid-Century Niels Moller Model 55 Teak Captain's Chairs with Cord Seats
By Neils O. Möller
Located in Chicago, IL
This beautiful pair of iconic Niels Møller captain's chairs in teak have Danish cord seats and
Category

Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Papercord, Teak

Beautiful Ox Blood Red Chesterfield Captain Chair
Located in Crawley, GB
We delight to offer for sale this fantastic ox blood red captain deep buttoned swivel desk chair
Category

Late 20th Century British Swivel Chairs

Materials

Iron

American Painted Windsor Captain's Chair, c. 1820
Located in Kenilworth, IL
American Sheraton Windsor fancy chair in original oxide red painted finish with accent bands of
Category

Antique Early 19th Century American Windsor Chairs

Materials

Wood, Paint

Pair of armchairs model 789B ‘Captain’s Chair’ designed by Josef Frank
By Josef Frank
Located in Stockholm, SE
Pair of armchairs model 789B ‘Captain’s Chair’ designed by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden
Category

Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Oak 916-CC Captains Chair by Adrian Pearsall, USA, c. 1960's
By Adrian Pearsall
Located in Deland, FL
Designed by the incomparable Adrian Pearsall, this iconic Model 916-CC Captain's Chair is the
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Foam, Oak

1960s Erik Buch Set of Two Fully restored Captains Chair, Custom Upholstery
By Erik Buch, Ørum Møbler
Located in Knebel, DK
1960s Erik Buch Set of Two Fully restored Captains Chair, Custom Upholstery The well designed
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Teak

Antique Armchair, English, Victorian, Elm Bow Back, Smokers Captains Chair
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique armchair, an English, Victorian, elm, bow-back 'smokers', or 'captains', chair
Category

Early 20th Century English Victorian Armchairs

Materials

Beech, Elm

Gorgeous Patina Edwardian Solid Elm Bow Back Smokers Captains Chair
Located in Pulborough, GB
solid elm bow back smokers captain's chair is truly stunning, with a gorgeous patina that radiates
Category

Antique Early 1900s English Edwardian Armchairs

Materials

Elm

Popular Restored Chesterfield Vintage Brown Leather Directors Captains Chair
Located in GB
brown leather captains chair This piece was fully restored around a year ago, it had the old colour
Category

Vintage 1930s English Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Leather, Wood

1960's Set of Ten Fully Restored Erik Buch Captain Chair in Teak
By Erik Buch, Ørum Møbler
Located in Knebel, DK
1960s Erik Buch model 67 "Captains Chair" in teak for Ørum Møbelfabrik. This rare and very
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Teak

Very Rare Set of Six Eton College Victorian Walnut Captains Chairs Carved EC
Located in GB
Walnut Eton College captains chairs each one carved with EC in the back rest A substantial find, I
Category

Antique 1860s English High Victorian Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Antique Elm Smokers Bow Captains Chair With Oversized Arm
Located in Accrington, GB
A rare chair dating to the early part of the 20th century. We think the chair was a teachers chair
Category

Antique Early 1900s British Country Chairs

Materials

Elm

Earl Hand Crafted Walnut Custom Upholstered Moresby Captain Chair
By Chris Earl
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Solid wood construction with hand-cut joinery and custom upholstered seat and seat back. This chair
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak, Walnut

Handmade Walnut KUNAI Captain Chair with Black Leather Upholstery
By Chris Earl
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Solid wood constructed dining chair available in any American domestic hardwoods specifically
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Wood, Ash, Oak

Early 20th Century Captain's Chair from Bali with Slatted Wood and Loop Arms
Located in Yonkers, NY
An antique Indonesian captain's chair from the early 20th century, with slatted wood, pierced splat
Category

Early 20th Century Indonesian Armchairs

Materials

Wood

1960s Pair of Erik Buch Model 67 Captains Chair in Teak Reupholstered in Leather
By Ørum Møbler, Erik Buch
Located in Knebel, DK
1960s Erik Buch model 67 "Captains Chair" in teak for Ørum Møbelfabrik reupholstered in exclusive
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Armchairs

Materials

Teak

Earl Hand Crafted White Oak, Black Leather Moresby Captain Chair
By Chris Earl
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Solid wood construction with hand-cut joinery and custom upholstered seat and seat back. This chair
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak, Walnut

Vintage Mid Century Modern Spindled Drexel Declaration Captain’s Chair.
Located in Seattle, WA
chair.! Vintage Condition Consistent with Age as Pictured. Dimensions. 24 W ; 24 D ; 30 H
Category

Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Walnut

Antique Smoker's Bow, English, Ash, Elm, Elbow, Captain's Chair, Victorian, 1900
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique smoker's bow. An English, ash and elm elbow or captain's chair, dating to the
Category

Antique Late 19th Century British Armchairs

Materials

Ash, Elm

Original Chesterfield Brown Leather Directors Captains Chair, Brand Wade
Located in Berlin, DE
Vintage tufted brown Leather English Chesterfield style barrel back desk chair. Item features
Category

20th Century English Chesterfield Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather

Stunning Restored Pair of Custom Teak and Cane Captains Chairs
Located in Atlanta, GA
available. A fabulous restored pair of cane back Captain's lounge chairs, circa 1990. Beautiful expertly
Category

1990s American Organic Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Brass

RESTORED ANTIQUE CIRCA 1880 BERGERE & BROWN LEATHER BARREL BACK CAPTAiNS CHAIR
Located in GB
from the ground up. These antique captains chairs were made with an early swivel system which isn't as
Category

Antique 1880s English High Victorian Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Leather, Oak

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Captain Chairs For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of captain chairs available for sale. The range of distinct captain chairs — often made from wood, animal skin and leather — can elevate any home. We have 351 antique and vintage captain chairs in-stock, while there are 12 modern editions to choose from as well. There are all kinds of captain chairs available, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. Captain chairs made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Victorian — are very popular at 1stDibs. Chesterfield, George Nakashima and Edward Wormley each produced beautiful captain chairs that are worth considering.

How Much are Captain Chairs?

Captain chairs can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $2,495, while the lowest priced sells for $480 and the highest can go for as much as $56,000.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of unique chairs, sofas and other seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.

Questions About Captain Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Today, a captain's chair is typically used for providing seating at a kitchen or dining table. The name of the chair comes from the fact that furniture of this type once provided seating for a ship's officers in lounge areas. Shop a large collection of captain's chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 12, 2021
    A captain's chair is an armchair with a saddle seat and low curved back, usually upholstered in leather or cloth. It has vertical spindles that create the appearance of extra height for more formal settings. On 1stDibs, find a variety of antique and vintage chairs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Captain’s chairs are called that because early versions of the armchairs were used aboard boats to provide seating for high-ranking officers. These chairs date back to the 19th century and usually featured all-wood construction. Find a selection of antique and vintage captain's chairs on 1stDibs.