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I recently purchased this Koa wood table and chairs.  The chairs have thick leather strapping.  The only comp I could find was this crazy 1st dibs saying it was from the 1950s and was selling somewhere in Europe for 12,000 us.  Is there any good Koa wood collectors able to help me identify how to verify a maker of this?

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According to the  link koa is very rare, grows only on the big island of Hawaii. Cost per board foot ranges from $60-66.00 pbf. States that wild cattle and pigs eat the bark of immature trees thereby  killing them and that which survives is held in conservatories and not for sale. This drives the price up for that which is available. None of the wood in your table, in my opinion, looks  like koa wood, but I can't see it very well because of the flashback and distance from the wood. The method of attaching the leather back to the chair is cheap and will tear out with daily use.

The block like pattern of the table top could be a photographic image. I can't tell without a hands on look. It could also be a veneer, or real.

Maker's name should be on a tag under the table or chairs; if not can't say. Since most koa is found in Hawaii I'd look there for furniture makers.


I think there are restrictions on any Koa wood use now. Endangered species or something, maybe? Because of that, you should contact a few auction houses that deal with mid-century modern stuff. Rago comes to mind, and I think Cowan in OH. handles that also. 

Just try to find out before you sell it. Also, check carefully for a designer signature. If you have one, or if you can establish maker of your set, 1st dibs might have it right! Good luck!


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