Elephant Grey 1st Generation Zenith Vintage Original Eames DAX Arm Shell Chair
An extremely rare find. This is a 1st Generation Zenith Eames arm shell in the highly coveted elephant grey colour and on an original silver DAX base. The chair has managed to retain a strong colour though has signs of age. It is an excellent example of a first generation arm shell and would make a fantastic addition to any home.
The earliest shells from Zenith were, in many ways, the experimental phase in the shells’ production. The first generation rope-edged shells were only around for a couple of years before the mould was changed. After this, a multitude of embossed logos, labels and different sized shock mounts found their way under the shells until they found a standard format which was used by Summit Prime and Cincinnati Plastics.
The distinctive colour has aged in a very unique manner. As with many Zenith shells, the colour has slightly faded in a novel way and the shell is in excellent vintage condition. There are no cracks or dents.
Its rope edging and checkerboard label help indicate this is a first generation Zenith arm shell.
The Eames’s shell chairs have become highly coveted pieces. Their popularity has helped ensure their continued production today. As with many things, their investment value is determined by many numerous factors, but the main ones are age, condition, originality and colour. This particular example is a completely original chair which is comprised of a 1st generation Zenith top and original silver DAX base. It is in great vintage condition, and, in terms of its colour, for its age, this chair is a fantastic investment piece.
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