period Windsor side chair or kitchen chair, dating to around 1820-1840, American New England, with black paint of the period, bamboo-turned legs and stretchers, 9-spindle bent-wood hoop back. This is NOT a reproduction. This is the real thing, the original that all the modern-day repros copy. It is almost 200 years old. Features include:
Carved and shaped seat, all hand-planed underneath with excellent oxidation shows hand-craftsmanship and early age. You can easily see from the rear edge that this is all shaped and carved by hand out of one giant wide chunk of wood! There are no boards glued together here, as you find in the modern day. The craftsman of the early 19th century took one big log and carved this whole seat in a one-piece plank entirely by hand with an old-fashioned plane and carving tools. You will note the minor worm wear to the edges of the seat on either side, also a great indication of age- this is NOT a defect, but rather a good sign of an early piece, expected and anticipated, and adds to the rustic display quality and early Americana feel. Note in these photos also the pierced construction of the legs- they go right up through the seat and just barely stick up through the top. Also, NOT a defect- this is GOOD. That was standard construction for the time. It would have been a flush surface 200 years ago, totally flat, but will stick up slightly which comes from wood shrinkage that occurs during the first century of age. Dealers and collectors specifically look for this trait to tell an item is original and not a repro, and this also contributes to the authentic display quality and rusticism.
Paint History: Gorgeous gentle wear around the edges of the paint, all natural & original. The black paint is probably a repaint from the mid or later 19th century. It looks as though there are a few wear spots where a dark green color can be seen underneath (see the rear edge of the seat photo above), which was a very popular and common color for that time period. The black, I suspect, is middle Victorian, probably eastlake era, and very excellent on this piece, in outstanding condition! No flaking, very smooth and stable, most presentable, and even throughout. Well-coated, but thinly and thoroughly applied, and worn down in all the right places, exactly how we want to see it!
Timeless Design: You can really tell this is the real thing, and to put a modern-day repro next to it makes the new stuff look like junk. You will note the grand exaggeration of the angles and lines. Every single piece of this chair is crafted by hand, and look how exacting and dramatic the lines are- the extreme angle of the legs, the top hoop, so slimly crafted, dramatically bowing outward to the sides before curving up around the top (you never see that on modern repros!), the spindles across the back that taper so incredibly thin, so gradual, and delicate to the top! The classic American colonial chair! It's right out of Wallace Nutting! This is precisely how these chairs should be, a really great example.
A Rare Piece: These chairs were common in their day. What's rare is for one to survive intact for 200 years! They were heavily used, beat-up, and discarded by past generations who didn't appreciate them. So nice to have found one in supreme condition with a wonderful design and make, and wonderful antique paint! They are highly prized by collectors, scarce to find looking like this one, and sought after for both design quality and historical significance as a piece of Americana!
WARNING: This piece is intended for decorative, collector, and educational use only. It is not recommended for the rigors of modern every-day household use. Do not use it at the kitchen or dining table for every-day meals, for instance. Chairs this old, compared to modern pieces, are considered fragile and should be very carefully and gently cared for. It will withstand occasional use and can hold the average person, but should be treated with care and respect so as to preserve the condition for future generations. It should be always kept indoors in normal household conditions, and away from rambunctious children and pets, in a setting for occasional use and display only.
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ABOUT CONDITION OF USED FURNITURE: This piece displays old/original painted finish on the wood, and is being sold as-found. As with most vintage furniture of this type, it does have your typical minor blemishes that come with age and usage. The wood is generally well-cared for, excellent condition, but not perfect. Please keep in mind that this is USED furniture, it is old, and this should be expected. It is part of the item's patina and history. There are no major defects to the wood, and it does not need any structural repair. The overall wear is typical for the piece and does not detract from its useful qualities, either functional or visual. It is sturdy and ready for use, structurally intact. Needs no other repair or preparation prior to use and display.
ITEM-SPECIFIC CONDITION REMARKS: One rear leg has been slightly worn down so as not to sit completely flat, with a slight wobble back & forth. A shim may be added to correct this problem at request of buyer.
DIMENSIONS: 35 5/8" high, 19 1/8" wide across the back, 19 1/4" deep, seat depth 13 1/4" and height 17 1/8", seat width about 15 7/8".
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