This chair was found in an old house in Lancaster, MA. There was a Shaker colony directly to the east of Lancaster in Harvard, MA, and another directly to the north of Lancaster in Shirley, MA. We cannot say that this is definitely a Shaker chair, but it does have a certain characteristics of the Shaker style, with its fairly plain stiles and stretchers. It is most certainly made by hand. There is a certain uneven quality to its construction; the left hand facing rear stile is 45” in height while the right hand facing rear stile is 44 ½” in height; however, the vasiform turnings at the base of the legs are of uniform height. There are hand-made square nails used in its construction.
This is a four (4) slat ladder back arm chair which retains an old stained surface.
It has four back slats which are curved on top and flat on the bottom, indicating a New England origin. The slats are made of oak; the rest of the chair is most probably ash or maple. The rush seat is in useable condition; there are several small areas of broken rush but the seat is still sturdy.
It has shaped arms terminating in round pad hand rests which show plenty of wear.
The stiles are topped with acorn and nipple finials which also display a great deal of wear.
The plain turned double front stretchers also display wear.
The legs terminate in vasiform turnings below the lower stretchers. The front stiles display the same vasiform turnings above the seat rail and below the hand rests.
• Rear stile height is 45”/44 ½ ” from floor.
• Seat height is 16 ½”.
• Seat width at front is 17”.
• Seat width at rear is 15 ½”.
• Seat depth is 14”.
• Width at top of stiles is 15 ½”.
• There are 7 stretchers; 2 on each side, two in the front and one at the rear.
• Weight is 13 lbs.
This chair is solid and sturdy; the joints are tight and the rush is serviceable, although broken in several small places. The old stained surface is worn, especially on the arms, the front stretchers and the backs of the slats. There are nicks and scratches on the legs, stiles and slats, expected in a chair approaching 220 years of age.
This chair may be picked up in Boylston, MA. We can arrange for delivery within 100 miles.
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All items are sold "as is". This is an antique piece of furniture; small nicks and scratches are part of the beauty of an antique and are not described unless significant.
Please ask any questions prior to offering to purchase.