These beautiful chairs were designed by Arne Vodder in 1956 in Denmark, and were made by France & Daverkosen. Vodder is counted among the most influential Scandinavian mid-century designers.
France & Daverkosen, later known as France & Son, was one of Denmark´s greatest makers of furniture, cooperating with several of the big names from the era. The company was sold to Poul Cadovious in 1964 and existed under the name CADO.
These chairs are made with teak wood, cane backs, and leather seats. The caned back is fitted to the chair with brass hardware.
On the chairs that we obtained, the brass end nuts were either badly stripped or missing, and the caning on the chair backs were not serviceable. It’s hard to say which job was more tedious, recaning the back, or machining the brass end nuts. I’m focusing only on the brass end nut and brass sleeve here. In any case, the end result turned out very nicely.
As whenever possible, the dimensions and details were taken of an original end nut and a shop drawing created. After obtaining a brass rod close to the desired end diameter of the nut, the rod was turned on a metal lathe and the proper hole was drilled for threading. As mentioned, several of the nuts and screw portion of the back support hardware were stripped. Where the support screw was stripped, I re-threaded it to a smaller diameter, and then drilled and threaded the nut to the same size. So I wound up with the same dimensions and finish on the outside, but different threading depending on whether the back brass support screw threads were damaged.