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Child's Bow-Back Windsor Highchair
The double incised bow with full rounded arch receives seven tapered spindles and the sawed rectangular-scrolled incised arms that are supported by the three section bamboo turned posts. The shaped saddle seat is raised on tall bamboo turned legs with tapered feet and is joined by turned H-plan stretcher. The surface is possibly original; green paint now highly oxidized and nearly black. Typical of these highchairs, this chair may have experienced a tumble early in is functional period. The chair was mended for continued use by subsequent generations. When one examines the chair at arms length, the "in-use" mends are not immediately evident.
The very tight kerfed and pinned splice in the bow, just above the proper left arm appears to be ancient; the entire bow shares a consistent dark surface and rich patina. The proper left arm terminus at bow has a slightly different shape and is a tad lower than the other arm. There is a small lamination at edge of seat that is pinned; note the shrinkage as evidenced by protruding pins; note consistency of color. It is possible that the bow was mended by retrofitting beneath the arm; pinning, shaping and scratch molding it. It is also possible that the bow was made that way; in two pieces. We are comfortable that the chair was mended while in use and that the narrow seat spice may be original...nonetheless, the chair remains a terrific object of integrity, character and personality.
Height: 35"; Seat Height: 21.75": Width: 11"; Depth: 11".
Child's Armchair, Bergen County, New Jersey
Circa 1780 to 1800
Maple and ash, dry surface
A scarcely encountered little armchair featuring classic Bergen County finials atop the rear posts centering three slightly arched slats above the trapezoidal seat. The front and rear posts are joined by stretchers, and are without ornamentation save for the ball-feet and handholds on front posts. (Height: 25.75"; Seat height: 7.75"; height at handholds: 14.75".)
High Chair, Original Surface History, Wonderful Green over Red Paint, Splint Seat
New England, 19th Century
(H: 35.75”, seat H: 22”)
Youth’s Windsor Fan Back Rocking Chair, Old Black Paint
New England, Circa 1780
(Excellent condition; H: 33.5”, seat H: 15”, W: 19.25”, D: 27”)
Child's Ladder Back Armchair, Slat Back
Original Surface History
New England, 18th Century
Maple and ash
Used as baby's training walker, worn and flattened surfaces offer character
(Loss of height, make-do burlap over ancient, possibly original rush seat; H: 24": seat H: 8"; W: 14.25"; D: 12")
Pair of Thumb-back Youth Windsor Chairs
Dimensions: 28.5" height, 13.75" seat height, 14.5" depth and width.