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Place Made:
Shenandoah Valley Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
HOA: 46; WOA: 22 3/4; DOA:
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Banister back armchair with shaped crest rail; five banisters on back; arms curve and extend over front posts; block and baluster turned front posts; one turned stretcher in front; two plain stretchers on either side; one plain stretcher in back.

For many years this chair has been associated with the German craftsmen who migrated into the Valley of Virginia from southeastern Pennsylvania. However, Benno Foreman and Robert Trent have noted an affinity between similar chairs made in southeastern Pennsylvania and others made in Wales. This chair documents the impact of Pennsylvania chair making traditions, whether German or Welsh, in the Valley of Virginia.

Credit Line:
Gift of Frank L. Horton