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    Posted 8 years ago

    seahorse
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    I recently inherited a group of chairs that have been in the family since at least the 19th century. Unfortunately 1 is lost so there's only five left - this armchair and four others without arms. Two are stained a dark black color, the other three must have been stripped at some point. Seats are all solid wood, from a single piece. with some small carved detail. There's no screws, but what appear to be pegs where the top rail connects to the spindles. The second photo shows a small peg at the top. The third shows where a leg joins the seat. I believe everything is glued.

    I know they are 'from the house in Olean' but that doesn't mean a lot other than a reference to a summer home that's long gone. And unfortunately no one survives who can tell me more.

    I can't really name the style. They aren't Windsor.

    Anyone have clues as to what they are, how old they are, or where they might hail from?

    Thanks!

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    Comments

    1. Aimathena Aimathena, 8 years ago
      Beautiful chairs and really nice wall color as well.
    2. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 8 years ago
      Welcome to CW!!!
    3. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 8 years ago
      Beautiful chairs and very photogenic kitty... Welcome to CW...
    4. Mae76 Mae76, 3 years ago
      Those definitely ARE Windsor chairs, with "bamboo" style spindles and legs, saddle shaped seat, and unusual carved top/side elements. As for age, it's difficult to say, a general rule is that more spindles and solid seat indicate older construction, but the detailing around the tops make them seem newer. Good luck, and I love them, both in black and natural.

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