Beige Herman Miller Original Eames Upholstered RAR Rocking Arm Shell Chair
An extra special version of the iconic RAR chair from Eames and Herman Miller. This upholstered arm shell features the rare birthplate screwed onto the backrest! The shell is finished in beige upholstery by Alexander Girard and is sat upon its medium wood, later, used, RAR base creating the perfect combination.
The Eames shells require little introduction with prototypes beginning in the late 1940s, production began in 1950. Arm shells were the first to be produced and the side shells were introduced in 1952/1953.
The RAR base was only available until 1968, after which they were only available to the employees of Herman Miller who were expecting children. It was customary for the employee to choose which top they wanted and, once they had done so, a birth plate with the name and birthday of the child was screwed to the back of the shell and the chair was gifted to the employee!
The arm shell is in very good condition for its age; the fabric upholstery is in great vintage condition with no lifts or tears. The shell is in good condition with no cracks or dents evident.
The ‘S’ inside the circle stamp signifies the shell originates from Herman Miller’s Summit Plastics factory.
The Eames shells are a great investment piece, but many factors affect how valuable they are. The origin of the shell, its age and even the colour can have an effect on its value. The condition of the upholstery and the inclusion of the birth plate on this particular chair aids with its investment value.
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