Posted 6 years ago
This Federal armchair is stamped "L BARNES". The dealer was hung up on the stamped name. I researched the design in the back splat. I soon found similar pieces and even pieces sold at auction with the stamped "L BARNES". "L BARNES" was Lewis Barnes (1776-1856), a ship's captain from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I feel like over the past week, I've been the foremost expert in the U.S. on Lewis Barnes. If you'd like to do research..type into google "Lewis Barnes" "Portsmouth New Hampshire". You'll eventaully find all the similar chairs and other furniture with his stamp that has sold at auction. I'd only be guessing as to the value..but I'm sure it's not to shabby. There is additional writing on the chair that I've been trying to decipher. Looks like a name..Judith R Grant. Tell me what you think.