Is This Chair For Real or a Repro?

Is This Chair For Real or a Repro?

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Regina Yunghans
Jul 9, 2012

Q: I bought this chair off of Craigslist with the intention of painting it, inspired by some recent painted bentwood images. I assumed it was a repro, however I'm starting to wonder if it might be a Mundus/Kohn-Mundus/Thonet original. The metal brackets on the underside read "PAT Sep 22-14," and I have found one other reference online stating that this means it is a pre-merger Mundus.

However, this chair doesn't have any "Made in..." stamps. Further, every chair I look at has the back hair-pin piece stopping at the seat, whereas this one continues down past the seat to the legs. I have searched and searched and I am sure that there is some magical online chair identification source that I am missing! Help!

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