The first factory-manufactured barber chairs date to around 1850 but the Elliott’s beautiful red velvet, solid black walnut chair was made by the Eureka Company probably in 1880. The barber shop was a place where men could congregate, escape from daily stress and a refuge where men could socialize freely together. Women were not allowed or welcomed in barbershops at that time. The man’s barbershop chair has changed little over the past 140 years except for the upholstery material, mechanisms, and more streamlined metal parts.