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Ladder Back Chair
Ladder Back Chair  
Hello Mr. Harrison,

I have a ladder back chair and am thinking about tossing it out in the dumpster. I believe it came from back east as the person who gave it to me had told me it had belonged in her family from way back. It's not in the best of shape and I thought to maybe just get rid of it.

However, I thought that maybe before I toss it, I should see if I can find any background on it. I poked around the web to see if I could find one like it, but I haven't found another similar to it. It seems to have been made by hand, (http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q748/macanoodos-1/ladder-backside_zpsafdb33b), at least it looks that way from the back of the ladder pieces and the dowels looks like they were carved by hand, (http://i1357.photobucket.com/albums/q748/macanoodos-1/bar-damage_zpsba0b2bec.jpg), as they are not even and smooth. Also, the rush seat pattern reminds me of children's chairs and I couldn't find this pattern on any other chair. You can view all the photos here: http://s1357.beta.photobucket.com/user/macanoodos-1/media/ladder-backside_zpsafd

So, do I have a piece of firewood? Or is this a keeper? Thank you so very much!!

PS: The chair looks warped in the photo I uploaded, but it's not.

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Hi Vicki,

I can tell you that your ladderback chair appears to have been made by one of the southern chair companies and not too old.  It is definitely not a period chair and has a value of
about $25.

Best wishes,

George E. Harrison III
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