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Oak Armchair

2004.13 (RS85256)

Description

Oak arm chair fastened with wooden pegs. Turned legs and stretchers with blocks. Matted seat. Back has three slats with circles and crosses. Crest circle with cross in center flanked by two ball capped finials. Made from oak timbers saved from the Hancock House (Razed 1863).

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1877
circa
Associated Building
Associated With John Hancock House (Boston, Mass.).
Material
oak (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
armchairs
Chair
oak (wood)
Dimensions
50 5/8 x 24 3/8 x 22 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2004.13
Credit Line
Gift of the Massachusetts Historical Society
GUSN
222338

Comments

Oak Armchair #

AvatarPosted by John on July 1, 2015
Sometime after the demolition of the Hancock Mansion in 1863, Thomas O.H.P. Burnham, the Boston publisher and antiquarian book dealer, had this armchair made from the oak timbers from the Hancock Mansion. When it looked like the Old South Meeting House might be demolished in 1876, Burnham donated this chair to be part of a raffle to raise funds to save it. This chair was later donated to the Massachusetts Historical Society and the society graciously donated it to Historic New England in 2004.