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Forum topic by whiteshoecovers posted 11-09-2015 02:57 PM 1429 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2015 02:57 PM

This chair was originally made in both teak and walnut. I own two of these and am looking to purchase a third. This one looks just like mine which I thought was walnut, but it is listed as teak. Obviously the teak ones are more valuable so I was wondering if it wasn’t just the lister’s default to describe it as teak.

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So, do you think this one is teak or walnut?


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#1 posted 11-09-2015 03:49 PM


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#2 posted 11-09-2015 04:05 PM

Hard to tell strictly from pictures (can’t see the grain well), but that doesn’t look like old teak. Its too dark and doesn’t have the orangish-yellow tone old teak has; I highly doubt they were factory stained (old walnut sometimes was, Broyhill did it).

This is what old teak looks like:

In general a decent % people selling MCM furniture label everything made of wood teak because most people don’t know the difference yet know teak furniture sells for more. I’ve seen McCobb maple stuff labeled teak (lol), and there is at least a 50-50 shot that walnut stuff gets labeled as teak (old aged walnut with yellowed lacquer looks a lot more like teak than it does new walnut).

Most consumers of this sort of furniture are pretty clueless. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen/heard the sad “oh” (or vice versa the incorrect answer) when someone is asking if it is veneered when it comes to MCM furniture…

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#3 posted 11-10-2015 12:23 PM

Sure looks like walnut to me.

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#4 posted 11-10-2015 02:26 PM

It looks like walnut from where I’m sitting.

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#5 posted 11-10-2015 04:47 PM

Walnut to me.

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#6 posted 11-10-2015 04:48 PM

We need a closer picture


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#7 posted 11-10-2015 04:59 PM

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