The exact date of manufacture is a mystery as well. I had thought they were mid 50's according to this website:
I also found an image of the same chairs in black vinyl.
I am going to reupholster them myself. Crazy, you say? Ha! I have a secret weapon - I sew!
Also, it would cost an arm and a leg to have it done professionally. I have reupholstered chair seats but not one with a fabric back such as this. It doesn't look too complicated - if I choose a solid color! There is piping where the back meets the arm that appears to have been nailed in underneath:
From what I am learning, and from my experience deconstructing clothing, I am taking lots of pictures of the original chair, then will take pictures when I am taking the original fabric off so I don't forget how everything went together. I can then use the original fabric as pattern pieces.So, as if I don't have enough to do with the new house - picking lighting, choosing kitchen appliances, furniture, sourcing antique shops, learning gardening, learning how to grow my own vegetables, becoming a wine connoisseur, I can now add upholstery to the list!
Any ideas what I should reuphoster it in? I was thinking something bright....