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WITCO “Throne Chair”

As usual, Mel and I were cruising Craigslist and came across this fantastic WITCO throne chair! The seller was unaware that it was WITCO and just listed it as a throne chair. We shot over to Elk Grove, CA and with some haggling, we snagged it for $400 because she just wanted it gone! Once we loaded the chair in our truck we shot over to our upholsterer Custom Upholstery.

We are sooo excited to add this to our other pieces of WITCO.

It is is rough shape, but when the upholstery is done and I oil the hell out of it, it will look like new.

The armrests are so wide. This will make them great as a work surface for my laptop. I think we have a new blog chair!

There are a lot of cool tikis carved into this chair.

These two upper tiki heads are detachable.

The heads just mount on these studs.

We can’t wait to get this restored.

Finding the original tag when we flipped the chair over was an extra bonus!

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Seeburg Library Unit 1

I purchased this off of Craigslist a while ago and finished the restoration not too long ago. It had the original blond finish but it was flaking off and just didn’t look good. I decided I wanted to refinish the piece with a really nice teak veneer. I went to a specialty wood shop and put a sheet on order (cost around $200). I then swung by Lowes and picked up adhesive for the veneer and awaited its arrival. While I waited for arrival of the veneer I found a man by the name of Ryan Seal who is well-known in the Seeburg community to restore all the mechanics in it. He showed up and took the whole unit to his house to start the mechanical restoration. He called me when I could come get the cabinet to restore it while he worked on the mechanics of the jukebox. When I got the cabinet back I sanded it and cleaned it up. Not too long after my veneer arrived and I began to apply it. I decided to paint the front trim black so it would look richer with the gold and the color of the wood grain. I also ordered new Seeburg and control decals and applied those. I am lucky that this jukebox had its original stand and external amp.

Here it is before resto (excuse the poor quality of the photo).

I also found some external Seeburg satellite speakers on Craigslist that I am in the process of restoring. I have finished one so far.

I think this unit looks great and sounds even better. Let me know what you think.

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Melody recently traveled to Memphis and went to Graceland. We had been told that both Elvis and Frank Sinatra had one of these units in their homes. Melody located it in the “Yellow Room” of Elvis’s home. It is in the corner of the room to the right of the T.V.’s built into the wall.

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Here you can see where Elvis had the same jukebox placed in the wall of his TV room in Graceland.

 

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