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Shave and a haircut…2 bits!

Mel and I picked this Barber Pole up two Second Sundays ago for a song and a dance. This pole was made by the Rose Supply Co. The manufacturers plate does not have a model number or any info on when it was made. I am suspecting it was made sometime in the 50’s but it may be even earlier. The aluminum finish had a lot of surface wear but still very solid.

When we purchased this it had a busted up inner cylinder that had been poorly hand painted. The outside and inside was pretty dirty too.

I plugged it in before I dismantled it to test the motor and all is "A OK"!

This lamp had a lot of excess wires that went nowhere so I rewired it.

Wow, no way to save this so I shot over to Ebay and ordered a new inner cylinder. Yep, you can still get replacements.

Like I have mentioned before, if you are good at taking things apart like me but suck at putting them back together then draw a schematic of it so you can reference it when re-assembling. Here is how I went about it, but you can also take pictures:

Here is my chicken scratch.

I tried to shine the aluminum finish on the buffing wheel but I didn't like the results. I then decided to give it a matte finish by using Awesome and 0000 steel wool scrubbing in one direction. I liked this result a lot more.

Here it is all finished up. I can't hang it yet 'till I know the layout of the room but that won't happen 'till I move our MCM stuff.

Here it is lit up and spinnin’!

I would like to get a couple of 1957 Koken President Barber Chair’s to sit in and watch TV. I would have the restored pole near them to tie it all together. I will have my eyes open for two of these to restore.

This one has been re-upholstered and done right. Wouldn't one of these be cool to kick back in and watch "Mad Men"?

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  1. Wow! What a fantastic job of restoration! I am really impressed with your skills, this wonderful piece will look beautiful anywhere in the room, looking forward for ITS location.

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  2. That chair is awesome! And you’re right it would be perfect for TV watching- cup holder/ashtray and everything!

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    • Hepcat Restorations

      Yeah, if I could get my hands on a couple of these chairs that would be awesome. But, from what I have seen they go for a fortune!

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