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Benches and Stools21 of 2691876 Enterprise Mfg. Co.  Philadelphia PA. (Mounted Press)Foot Stool
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    Posted 2 years ago

    HUnwin
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    I am trying to figure out what circa this is. We've always called it "The Deacon's Bench" and my dad brought it back from a church that was being torn down somewhere west of Boston in the early 70s, I think. It seems to be made of walnut (?) boards, and is held together by blocks underneath with screws. The arms slot into wooden pegs. Anyone have any idea of how old this might be? I've been searching Google and Pinterest and collector's site but this doesn't look like anything at all that I've encountered.

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      Enlarging that first picture and looking at the pores and grain of the wood I personally don't see walnut or any other hardwood.
    2. HUnwin HUnwin, 2 years ago
      It weighs a ton, I'll try taking another few photos, thank you.
    3. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 years ago
      I'm not seeing walnut grain in it either, looks like nice (old!) tight-grain pine (or something similar) to me instead. Sorry I also don't really have any valid guess to its age, though it *does* look like it potentially has some to it...? Nice bench anyways, I could imagine something like it being used in an old church, not necessarily as a 'pew' but maybe more in a foyer/narthex/hallway where people might also find themselves wanting to 'sit a spell'...? :-) :-) :-)
    4. finders9, 2 years ago
      I'm not an expert in woods but it appears to me to be oak, likely stained later to simulate walnut? Great look - I would date late 19th, early 20th century.
    5. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 years ago
      It could certainly be dark-stained oak, especially if it is overly heavy for its size...? :-)
    6. HUnwin HUnwin, 2 years ago
      It is seriously heavy and as I peer through the varnish on the worn seat edge, it makes sense that it could be oak. It is stained v thoroughly, underneath, everyplace I look. I am so appreciating the detective work!

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