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Couch - Pullman Davenport Revolving Seat Bed

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By: Lisa

Created: Sep 12, 2011

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This couch has been in my family since probably the 1930s. My grandmother owned it but I don't know where she acquired it. The couch has wood (mahogany?) legs, arms, top and feet (with casters). It is upholstered in black leather with black tacks on inside and outside of arms, seat, back (tufted), and the backside of the couch. The seat revolves to a pullout bed. The label reads "Pullman Davenport, Revolving Seat Bed, As hansom as the finest davenport – as comfortable as the best bed, Patent 803826 848305 818805 Other Patents Pending, Pullman Couch Company". I haven't seen many of these but have researched the company that made them. And I found the patents online. The company was formed in 1906 in Chicago and apparently started the sofa bed concept. The Pullman couch is not related to the Pullman coach as some assume. The company was named after the Pullman Building where the founders had lunch while planning their business venture. Are you familiar with these and are they of interest to the antique market? Can you also put an estimated value on it - it is in fair condition because there are two rips in the leather, one on each inside arm and the leather needs to be cleaned. It does seem to be very well made, the seat and back are in good condition. And the revolving seat bed is in good working order. Thanks for your time.