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Place Made:
Caroline County Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
maple –tulip poplar –split oak
HOA: 37 1/2″; WOA: 20 1/2″
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Split banister back armchair with heavy back posts ornamented by deep-turned finials, supporting two rails which support only two turned and split banisters; two plain stretchers on sides and front, one on back; slight S-curve to arms.

GROUP: Several nearly identical chairs have turned up in eastern Virginia. The only recorded chairs of this group with a history are a set of 8 that were owned on the plantation Old Mansion in Caroline County, Virginia (see MESDA Object Database S-6173A and S-6173B), suggesting a likely provenance for the group. These chairs share details such as turned split banisters in the back, flattened ball finials, maple posts, and hickory stretchers. Included in the MESDA collection are two chairs from the group, this armchair and a side chair (Acc. 2177). Colonial Williamsburg has two side chairs (CWF 1966-388 and CWF 1999-214). In addition to the Old Mansion set, the MESDA Object Database has recorded two others, S-12155 and NN-2274.

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Theo. L. Taliaferro