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Windsor Side Chair

Artist/Maker:
Fizer, Samuel
Place Made:
Fincastle Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1810-1830
Dimensions:
HOA: 33 1/4; WOA: 17 1/4; DOA: 14 3/4
Accession Number:
2953
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Windsor side chair: Square back with raised block area on crest rail and five spindles; one stretcher on each side, two stretchers on front and back in higher positions than side ones; painted black; heavy wear on seat; paper lable on seat bottom.

MAKER: Samuel Fizer was born in Virginia on January 27, 1796, and married Sarah Spangler there in 1816. He was in the Windsor chair and settee business shortly thereafter. He placed an ad in the Virginia Herald of the Valley on Sept. 4, 1820, in which he indicated that in addition to chair making, he could provide residents of Fincastle painting services–“House, Sign, Ornamental.” By 1821 he was advertising that he wanted to employ wheelwrights. He was listed in the 1820 and 1830 federal census as being in Botetout County, Virginia, but by 1840, census records indicate he had moved to Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky, where he remained until his death. In the 1850 and 1860 Kentucky census, he listed himself as a “Painter.” He died on December 14, 1862, and was buried in Machpelah Cemetery in Mount Sterling, KY.

Credit Line:
Gift of Frank L. Horton