Listed for sale is one of the earliest Eames lounge chairs around. It is a boot glide variation of the 1956 Eames lounge, the first year of production. These early sets are fabulously rare and can be identified by a few distinct characteristics.
Early on, it was decided to use boot glides on the ottoman. Within months, however, complaints came in about customers losing these boots and therefore a change was made during the same year to begin threading the ottoman underneath to allow for screw-in glides like the chair. These ottomans were un-drilled and were therefore not threaded for glides.
An additional note is that early Herman Miller examples (between approximately 1952 and 1956) used a rectangular large foil label, as you might find on early LCW chairs or similar. On this example, you can see the original foil label still present on the chair (which is very unusual for these examples). These are notorious for falling off, so I've had examples before where only the remnants or glue remain.
In short, this is a fabulously rare and early piece with original cushions.
They are all original and visibly patina'd. Very nice original condition.
The rosewood shells are in great shape with some light wear. The finish is lovely and all original.
The shock mounts are in good shape and the chair still holds strong.
Bases and Metal
The aluminum bases are in great condition. Paint is all there.