The exceptional shaded inlay on the back of chairs and the unusual leg inlays serve to document the existence of a sophisticated regional style in Norfolk at the end of the eighteenth century. Covered with reproduction haircloth. The pattern of the nails is unusual for its top row of tacks, but follows the original pattern.
RELATED WORKS: A dated 1795 painting of Elizabeth Hack Henry, wife of Dr. William Henry of Accomack County, Eastern Shore of Virginia, shows the subject sitting in a chair of this design. The Hack family’s early history is one of Northampton County across the Chesapeake Bay from Norfolk.