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Mid-Century Nordisk Andels-Eksport Teak Captain Chairs, a Pair
By Nordisk Andels-Eksport
Located in Esperance, NY
Mid-century Nordisk Andels-Eksport teak captain chairs - a pair.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Teak

Leslie Diamond for Conant Ball Mid Century Dining Captains Chair
By Conant Ball, Leslie Diamond
Located in La Grange, IL
Leslie diamond for Conant ball mid century dining captains chair Chair measures: 22.25 wide x 20.26 deep x 33 high, with a seat height of 19.25 inches All pieces of furniture can...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Set of 6 American Mid Century Atomic Age Walnut Dining Chairs 1 Captain Chair
By Lane Acclaim
Located in San Diego, CA
Great set of 6 original American Mid-Century Modern in its original walnut finish and cream Naugahyde , please note that its 5 armless chairs and one with arms as shown, the main pic...
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20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Naugahyde, Walnut

Broyhill Brasilia II Mid Century Walnut Captains Dining Chairs, Set of 4
By Broyhill Brasilia
Located in La Grange, IL
Broyhill Brasilia II mid century walnut captains dining chairs - set of 4 Each chair measures: 22.75 wide x 21 deep x 37 high, with a seat height of 18.25 inches   All pieces of ...
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

George Nakashima Captains Chair Nakashima Studio
By George Nakashima Studio
Located in Chicago, IL
George Nakashima captains chair Nakashima Studio, American black walnut, 1955.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Walnut

Vintage Captain's Chair, English, Leather, Desk, Victorian Revival, Circa 1960
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a vintage captain's chair. An English, leather desk swivel chair in Victorian revival taste, dating to the mid 20th century, circa 1960. Appealing colour and turned crafts...
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Mid-20th Century British Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

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 shown in walnut and camel leather. In stock leather choice: black, olive, camel...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Oak, Oak, Walnut

Pair Of Studio Nakashima Captains Chairs (4 Available)
By George Nakashima
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of dramatic STUDIO Nakashima Captains Chairs Handcarved spindels. Mortis and Tendon design connection to arm. A beautiful design form of the captains chair. nice construction...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood

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 shown in white oak and black leather. In stock leather choice: black, olive, ca...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Oak, Oak, Walnut

Pair of Tommi Parzinger Chairs/ Captains Dining Chairs Charek Modern
By Charak Furniture Company, Tommi Parzinger
Located in Westport, CT
Pair of Tommi Parzinger for Charek modern side chairs/ captains dining chairs. Curved back and spring construction for comfort .
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany, Chenille, Foam

“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 belief: "Furniture must have its own personality". It is a luxurious lounger made of ...
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Pair of Midcentury Paul McCobb Planner Group Captain Lounge Maple Arm Chairs
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Pair of rare all original midcentury maple Paul McCobb Planner Group Captain arm chairs. Solid maple seat and curved back on tapered legs. Original vintage condition. Original blonde...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Maple

Set of Two Russel Wright Conant Ball Captains Dining or Side Chairs
By Russel Wright, Conant Ball
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of two Windsor inspired chairs by Russel Wright for Conant Ball Company. Newly refinished in Ebony.  
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Birdseye Maple

Minimalist Modern Wire Side Chair, the Captain Chair by Bend Goods in White
By Bend Goods
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bend Goods wire furniture A Bend Goods original design, the Captain chair is truly one of a kind. It has a generous seat for better maneuverability, making this the ideal wire chair...
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2010s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal, Metal, Stainless Steel, Iron

Minimalist Modern Wire Side Chair, The Captain Chair by Bend Goods in Copper
By Bend Goods
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bend Goods Wire Furniture A Bend Goods original design, the Captain chair is truly one of a kind. It has a generous seat for better maneuverability, making this the ideal wire chair...
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2010s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal, Metal, Stainless Steel, Iron

Minimalist Modern Wire Side Chair, The Captain Chair by Bend Goods in Black
By Bend Goods
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bend Goods Wire Furniture A Bend Goods original design, the captain chair is truly one of a kind. It has a generous seat for better maneuverability, making this the ideal wire chair...
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2010s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Stainless Steel, Iron, Metal, Metal

Set of Four George Nakashima Black Walnut Captain's Chairs
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An accomplished set of four captain chairs from American midcentury craftsman George Nakashima. The black walnut chair has a curved, peaked backrest atop carved spindles, inspired by...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Walnut

Minimalist Modern Wire Side Chair, the Captain Chair by Bend Goods in Gold
By Bend Goods
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Bend Goods wire furniture A Bend Goods original design, the captain chair is truly one of a kind. It has a generous seat for better maneuverability, making this the ideal wire chair...
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2010s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal, Metal, Stainless Steel, Iron

Vintage Set of Five Captains Chairs, Heywood Wakefield "Ashcraft" Line
By Heywood-Wakefield Co.
Located in Crockett, CA
Set of five Heywood Wakefield captains chairs from their Ashcraft line which was made to look like the legs and backs were rattan, with paper cord wrapping at the fronts of the arms ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Papercord, Ash, Birch

Set Four Paul McCobb Planner Group Maple Captains Chairs, Model 1532
By Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group)
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Classic set of four Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture "Planner Group" maple dining armchairs, 1950s. Featuring steamed bent maple arms and pegged construction. Arm height 25.5 H. ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Maple

Set of Four Black Walnut Captain's Chairs by George Nakashima Studio
By George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An accomplished set of four captain chairs from American midcentury craftsman George Nakashima. The black walnut chair has a curved, peaked backrest atop carved spindles, inspired by...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Walnut

Vintage Ranch Oak Captains Armchairs by A. Brandt Acorn Brown Finish a Pair
By A. Brandt Ranch Oak Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
Wonderful pair of vintage captains’ armchairs by A. Brandt comprised of solid ranch oak with acorn brown finish. Gorgeous vintage condition. The arm joints have been tightened and th...
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Mid-20th Century American Rustic Dining Room Chairs

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Oak

Erik Buch Set of Six 'Captains' Armchairs in Oak and Red Fabric Upholstery
By Erik Buch
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Erik Buch for Ørum Møbler, set of six 'Captains' armchairs, oak, red fabric upholstery, Denmark, 1957 Set of six sculpted dining chairs in solid oak and red fabric upholstery. Thes...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Upholstery, Oak

Edward Wormley for Dunbar Captain's Chair Model 5480
By Edward Wormley
Located in San Francisco, CA
Edward Wormley for Dunbar Captain's chair or armchair, model 5480. Classic and elegant design by Wormley in very good condition with newer faux leather seat.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

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 his New Hope Studio in 1976. These chairs were designed with creative exposed joints...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Walnut

Rare Pair of Walnut Captain Chair by Wharton Esherick
By Wharton Esherick
Located in Atlanta, GA
Handmade in his studio in Paoli PA in 1951, by one of the most celebrated American artist and woodworker Wharton Esherick (1887-1970), the pair of "Captain's Chairs" manifests the be...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather, Walnut

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 century. Painted in our signature Laserow Black.
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Antique Mid-19th Century Swedish Folk Art Armchairs

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Wood

Set of Four Leslie Diamond for Conant Ball Birch Captains Dining Chairs
By Conant Ball, Leslie Diamond, Russel Wright
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Leslie diamond "Modernmates" for Conant Ball 7501 solid birch dining armchairs, 1950's. Featuring solid birch construction, curved spindle backs, peg details, plank seats and tapered...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Birch

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 the original gilded surface and a red painted base. This plank seat chair is in gr...
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Antique Mid-19th Century American American Classical Painted Furniture

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Pine

Rare Set of 6 Mid-19th Century Danish Walnut Captains Chairs
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Fine quality and rare set of 6 Danish captains chairs, circa 1860. Beautifully made from solid walnut, these mid-19th century Danish made chairs are strong with regency period inf...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Danish Regency Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Walnut

George Nakashima Captains Chair
By George Nakashima
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
George Nakashima Captains chair made from English walnut, circa 1954.  Stunning vintage condition.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

  • George Nakashima Captains Chair
  • George Nakashima Captains Chair
  • George Nakashima Captains Chair
  • George Nakashima Captains Chair
H 28.75 in. W 24.02 in. D 19.69 in.
Antique Club Chair or Captains Chair
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Antique desk chair, captain's chair or club chair standing on turned front legs and porcelain casters. This chair is an interesting design in that it has an exaggerated curve to the ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century British Chairs

  • Antique Club Chair or Captains Chair
  • Antique Club Chair or Captains Chair
  • Antique Club Chair or Captains Chair
  • Antique Club Chair or Captains Chair
H 34 in. W 26 in. D 24 in.
Lawrence Peabody for Nemschoff Mid Century Captains Dining Occasional Chair
By Nemschoff, Lawrence Peabody
Located in La Grange, IL
Lawrence Peabody for Nemschoff Mid Century captains dining occasional chairs Each chair measures 23.75 wide x 23 deep x 32.5 high with a seat height of 17.5 This price includes gett...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Wharton Eshrick Captains Chair
By Wharton Esherick
Located in Chicago, IL
Esherick Stuidio hand crafted classic captains chair, walnut and saddle leather. These chairs are extremely rare.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Windsor Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

  • Wharton Eshrick Captains Chair
  • Wharton Eshrick Captains Chair
  • Wharton Eshrick Captains Chair
  • Wharton Eshrick Captains Chair
H 29 in. W 24 in. D 22 in.
Mid-Century Captain Chairs and Side Chairs by John Keal, Set of Four Each
By John Keal
Located in Pasadena, CA
Elegant design especially for the arms. These chairs are made of teak. They have been designed by John Keal for Brown Saltman.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Teak, Upholstery

Antique Deep Buttoned Leather Swivel Captains Desk Chair
Located in London, GB
A handsome and top quality vintage deep buttoned leather desk chair in the antique Victorian style. This dates from the 1950s-1960s, it’s in great condition for its age. We have j...
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Mid-20th Century English Victorian Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

1930s Hillcrest Vintage Brown Leather Gainsborough Directors Captains Chair
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely original 1930s Hillcrest Gainsborough aged brown leather captains chair This model is the "piece de resistance" of captains chairs,...
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Vintage 1930s English Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Danish Mid-Century Set of Two Captain Chairs and Four Side Chairs by Arne Vodder
By Arne Vodder
Located in Pasadena, CA
The upholstered seat appears to be floating over the frame. The caned back panel tilts to adjust to your position using a brass mechanism which pivots. These chairs have been design...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Dining Room Chairs

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Wood, Cane, Upholstery

Adrian Pearsall #916-CC Captain Chairs for Craft Associates
By Craft Associates, Adrian Pearsall
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A stunning pair of Mid-Century Modern Adrian Pearsall captain's / lounge chairs. The chairs are in good vintage condition with minimal wear to commensurate with age. The chairs were ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

19th Century American Pub or Captains Chairs / Pair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
These fine New England pine captains chairs are in great condition and very strong and sturdy. These country captains chairs were often used in the old saloons and pubs in New Englan...
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Antique Mid-19th Century American American Colonial Chairs

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Wood

Harrods Restored Hand Dyed President Oxblood Leather Directors Captains Chair
By Harrods
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning fully restored Harrods London hand dyed deep Oxblood leather exceptionally comfortable Wingback Presidents directors chair This is...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Stunning Cushioned Chesterfield Admirals Court Captains Aged Green Leather Chair
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely aged green leather Chesterfield Admirals court captain’s chair These chairs are called court chairs because they little the British ...
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20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Oak

Vintage Cushioned Chesterfield Admirals Court Captains Aged Green Leather Chair
By Chesterfield
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this vintage aged green leather Chesterfield Admirals court captain’s chair.   These chairs are called court chairs because they little the Briti...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather

Vintage Chesterfield Aged Brown Leather Captains Directors Office Swivel Chair
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely vintage original Chesterfield aged brown leather captain’s chair The chair was made by the Original Chesterfield Company in 1970s, t...
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Mid-20th Century British Victorian Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Oak

Restored Vintage Chesterfield High Back Brown Leather Directors Captains Chair
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely fully restored vintage Chesterfield fully buttoned hand dyed mahogany brown leather captains chair. This piece has been fully restor...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Mahogany

Lovely Restored 1960 Chesterfield Vintage Brown Leather Directors Captains Chair
By Chesterfield
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely restored 1960 Chesterfield fully buttoned aged brown leather captains chair This piece has been fully restored to include having ...
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Vintage 1960s English Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

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Leather, Mahogany

PAIR Paul McCobb Dining Captain Arm Chairs
By Paul McCobb
Located in St. Louis, MO
Set of 2 dining side chairs by Paul McCobb with mahogany frames and leather upholstery with woven seats, seat height 17.5. 2 arm chairs and 4 side chairs. arm height is 24.5 ...
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Vintage 1950s British Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Jean Gillon Blue Leather Captain Chair with Ottoman, 1960s
By Jean Gillon
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Stunning midcentury leather armchair with ottoman in a beautiful blue leather upholstery (original). This unique armchair sits very well and is the typical style of Jean Gillon wi...
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Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Chrome

19th Century Fire House Windsor Captain’s Chairs, Pair
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of very early 19th century New England firehouse Windsor’s are in fine and sturdy condition. One is slightly different in carving then the other.
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Antique Mid-19th Century American Country Windsor Chairs

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Wood

Restored Hand Dyed Brown Leather Chesterfield Gainsborough Carver Captains Chair
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this lovely handmade in England Chesterfield Gainsborough carver captains chair The condition is good for the period, its been full restored to ...
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20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Swivel Chairs

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Leather, Oak

Vintage Harrods London Oversized Brown Leather Wingback Office Captains Chair
By Art Forma, Harrods
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning Art Forma for Harrods London hand dyed brown leather oversized wingback office chair. A very good looking well made and comfortabl...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Wingback Chairs

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Brass

Brazilian Midcentury Gran Captain Jangada Lounge Chair, Jean Gillon, circa 1960
By Italma, Jean Gillon
Located in Milford, NH
A fabulous Brazilian midcentury gran captain or “Jangada” lounge chair in jacaranda wood with distressed black tufted leather seat in woven rope sling designed by Jean Gillon and pro...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Leather, Jacaranda

Paul McCobb Winchendon Set of Four Planner Group Captains Chairs
By Paul McCobb
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Solid Birch captains chairs by Paul McCobb for Winchendon retaining labels. These handsome chairs have a shovel seat with arched back rest. Beautifully refinished.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Pair of Captain Armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of armchairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Sculptural form wood frames with brass details. Cane backs, new mohair upholstered seats.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Brass

Adrian Pearsall Lounge/Captain's Chair for Craft Assoc. model 916-CC in Walnut
By Craft Associates Inc., Adrian Pearsall
Located in Hudson, NY
A sleek Adrian Pearsall designed lounge/occasional chair from Craft Associates with a walnut frame and freshly reupholstered with new foam and fabric. A very iconic modern looking de...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Vintage Walnut and Black Faux Leather Captain Chairs with Nailhead Detail
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome set of five solid walnut captain chairs with black faux leather upholstery and nailhead detail. Perfect used with a round table for card games or dining. This set of five...
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Mid-20th Century Other Dining Room Chairs

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Faux Leather, Walnut

Stunning Aged Saddle Tan Brown Leather Office Desk Captains Directors Armchair
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning saddle tan brown heritage leather office chair, extremely comfortable A seriously good looking and well made chair. Upholstered w...
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20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Office Chairs and Desk Chairs

Materials

Chrome

Early Set of Six Spindle Back Captain's Dining Chairs by George Nakashima
By George Nakashima
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A lovely set of six captain's chairs designed and produced by George Nakashima from Nakashima studio in New Hope, PA. These feature solid black walnut with hickory spindles. Nice ear...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Hickory, Walnut

Classic Set of 6 Dining Chairs by Norman Cherner for Plycraft, Pretzel Captain
By Norman Cherner, Plycraft
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic set of six dining chairs designed by Norman Cherner manufactured by Plycraft, Featuring two pretzel captain's chairs and 4 side chairs. Atrue set! The six chairs have lived t...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Walnut, Bentwood

Captain's Armchairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar
By Dunbar Furniture, Edward Wormley
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of six arm chairs designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar. Sculptural form wood frames with cane backs and brass details. Light restoration has been done, as original finish is in ...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Brass

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Midcentury Captain Chair For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the midcentury captain chair you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each midcentury captain chair for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, animal skin and leather. There are 85 variations of the antique or vintage midcentury captain chair you’re looking for, while we also have 7 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect midcentury captain chair — we have versions that date back to the 19th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. Each midcentury captain chair bearing Mid-Century Modern, Victorian or Folk Art hallmarks is very popular. A well-made midcentury captain chair has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by George Nakashima, Edward Wormley and Dunbar are consistently popular.

How Much is a Midcentury Captain Chair?

Prices for a midcentury captain chair start at $480 and top out at $56,000 with the average selling for $3,000.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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 antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.