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Folding Chair

1986.283 (RS25611)

Description

Walnut folding chair with wool upholstery. Arched crest with brass studs over rectangular upholstered back; flanked by curved stiles with brass capped ball finials. Curved half arms continue to front legs and are joined by two turned stretchers. The front seat rail joins curved back legs as does single back stretcher. Upholstered seat and back patterned with medallions with floral sprays and leafy surrounds in red, green, black, yellow, and beige. Backed in polished cotton.

Details

Label
When outfitting their new living room at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts, the Little family combined pieces that they had inherited with furnishings ordered from catalogs, suggesting that they valued comfort as highly as style. These chairs were purchased for seven dollars from the Cambridge Haymarket warehouse of Beal & Hooper on November 16, 1874, and were kept in this room near the front entry so they could be used for recreation outdoors as well as for extra seating in the house.
Maker
Vaill, E. W. (Maker)
Date
1870-1875
Inscriptions
Printed green paper label under front seat rail: ""E.W. Vaill/ Patentee and Manufacturer/ Worcester, Mass./ Patented April 22, 1873"" ""No 72""
Location of origin
Worcester, MA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm (Newbury, Mass.).
Material
walnut (wood)
wool (textile)
Object type
Furniture; Seating Furniture
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
Chair
Chair, Folding
folding chairs
walnut (wood)
wool (textile)
Dimensions
33 1/2 x 18 x 16 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1986.283
Credit Line
Bequest of Amelia W. Little
GUSN
50771

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