Hi I answered an ad for a free office chair and got this from Craigslist. My intention was to paint the chair and remove the upholstery and reupholster like any old chair.
But the chair was not at all what i expected it to be. Its small, very very heavy, extremely comfortable as is and has real original leather that has started cracking at the corners and a piece is torn also from the corner.
The chair is made by Domore Chair Company, Elkhart, IN (There is an iron label nailed to the back of the chair) and after a little online research i found it to was made in 1929 .
A similar pristine condition chair is listed in Ebay for 475$ currently.
So what should i do with it? Should I remove the leather and re upholster it or is there a way to save old leather?. Where it is not broken the leather is very very smooth. Does rubbing olive oil help? Could I stick back the broken leather piece with Superglue maybe Most of the leather kits online says they are not very suitable for older leather.
The frame is very very sturdy and very smooth no rusting or any pealing paint and it is kind of a dark brown color.
Any help is appreciated. thanks