Object

Writing Armchair

Date: 1775 - 1790
Dimensions: width 27" height 46.5" depth 18.75
About this artifact

Branded three times under the seat by Ebenezer Tracy of Lisbon, Connecticut, a chair maker working from 1774 to 1803, this writing armchair was originally painted green. Because of the many woods used in their construction (this one is made of hickory, maple, oak and chestnut), nearly all Windsor chairs were intended to be painted. The woods were chosen to suit the strength or flexibility needs of various parts of the chair. Equipped with a writing surface and storage drawers that lock, the chair served as a desk, as well as a seat.

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Courtesy Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA