This great chair was found on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It bears close resemblance to another early Maryland armchair owned by the South River Club, a social organization established near Annapolis in the early 18th century.
CONSERVATION: During its period of use the chair lost height, and in the 19th century was converted into a rocking chair. When the rockers were removed clear evidence was discovered for the lowest side and back lists. Close comparison with other chairs from this period strongly suggested that there had once also been an additional turned front list. These missing elements were recreated by conservator Martin O’Brien.