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Easy Chair

Place Made:
Elbert County Georgia United States of America
Date Made:
1790-1800
Medium:
mahogany –yellow pine
Dimensions:
HOA: 44 1/2; WOA: 33
Accession Number:
2157.1
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Easy chair with straight tapering legs, back legs splay; deep serpentine cut on crest; outflaring arms. Chairs, such as this, with outflaring and downward raked arms have been attributed to Baltimore because a number have been found there. This chair, however, lacks stretchers and the upper crest is deeper in its serpentine cut which makes an attribution to Baltimore very unlikely. The placing of the center peak below the peaks of the wings and the arms are different than Baltimore. Due to the chair’s history, the extensive use of southern yellow pine for the frame, and these style differences, the chair is attributed to the region surrounding Augusta, Georgia, or another major market town on the Savannah River.

Covered with old, but not original, yellow silk bourette upholstery fabric.

History:
According to tradition, the chair came from the McIntosh Plantation in McCormick County, South Carolina. The 1920 McCormick County census lists brothers William McPherson and Guilford Cade McIntosh, both born in Georgia and living in the Bordeaux, SC area. In 1880, they are listed with their parents, Singleton Allen McIntosh and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Cade, in McCormick County’s parent county of Abbeville.

The McIntosh and Cade families were closely tied to both sides of the Savannah River. In fact, the McIntoshes are buried at Heardmont in Elbert County, Georgia, the plantation and private family cemetery of their ancestor Governor Stephen Heard (1740-1815) of Georgia.

Credit Line:
MESDA Fund