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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 02-16-2011 07:09 PM 840 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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02-16-2011 07:09 PM

The material is softwood, probably fir, dimensional. There may be no finish at all on it, perhaps wax or just the patina of years. It has been well used; all the surfaces are smooth and rounded.

The through tenons leg-to-seat are twice wedged. The mortise and tenon joints stretcher to leg are cross doweled. Someone reglued one back wing with (augh!) polyurethane glue and left a mess. All the other joints show no excess glue.

Most of the joints are loose; it may have been in a more humid environment than Central Oregon is. They’re loose enough that I chose not to sit in it.

The carvings show some skill as well as significant restraint.

Significant in the design is the amount of splay in the front legs vis-a-vis the lack of a front stretcher of any kind.

Note how the center splat of the back goes through and lands on a stretcher below.

Underneath there is no indication, such as a label or brand, it was a factory product.

What I’m interested in:

Have you ever seen one? If so, what light can you shed on the design, the region of origin, or the era?

If your comment sounds like “Interesting design, never seen one,” I’d appreciate it if you’d conserve the virtual ink.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"


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Loren

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#1 posted 02-16-2011 07:26 PM

I doubt it came out of a factory. Probably craftsman-made, perhaps
in the crafts revival of the 1960s and 70s.

It shows arts and crafts influence and also Danish influence. I’ve seen
Danish chairs with a similar curved seat arrangement, sometimes with
a single wide leg in the back.

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 08:03 PM

Thanks Loren—very helpful in this. My wife Linda was wondering about Pennsylvania, too.

Because of its wear patterns—no real abuse—I wondered if it could have been one of a dining set. How does that sound to you?

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 02-16-2011 08:40 PM

Having search over 400 pages of antique chairs, I’m inclined to agree with Loren’s post.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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