When it comes to antique barber chairs, the Koken barber chair is a symbol of innovation.
In 1900, Earnest Koken struck upon what would prove to be his greatest idea: a hydraulically-operated chair fitted with a lever that allowed barbers to quickly and easily control all of the chair’s movements. Koken patented these innovations and combined them to create the Koken Hydraulic Barber Chair. His unique chair design immediately became very popular with barber shops across the United States and beyond.
Koken Barber’s Supply Company remained a premier name in the United States until the 1950s, when the emergence of a number of lower-priced competitors and a slowly declining barber industry forced the company into bankruptcy.
Vintage barber chairs are available for sale at the PAST Antiques and on display at the Gateway Museum.
The PAST Antiques Marketplace has a wide selection of unusual vintage collectibles to purchase. Stop by the Gateway Museum and explore all of our historic artifacts. Visit us at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut.