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Hi Fred I recently found this chair at an estate auction and fell in love with the hand carvings. It's completley solid and dosen't wobble at all. I noticed that as i pulled the seat up there was straw and all types of hair used for the cushion of the seat. I was wondering if you could tell me anything about this chair. I would appriciate it whatever you could tell me. what i can tell is that its solid wood, all nail or screw holes have been plugged, hand carved designs... Thanks!!

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Amy - Your chair was factory made around the turn of the 20th century. The parallel vertical carved lines and the shallow incised carvings on the crest rail are from the Eastlake style of the 1880s/1890s. It carried over in to the early 20th century. The chair appears to be made of birch with a walnut finish.

It was quite common in the period for upholstery to be stuffed with cotton, straw, hay and pig or horse hair. For sanitary reasons it is important to replace the upholstery and the stuffing with modern materials. Period upholstery for this style chair would have been a plain dark velvet.

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Fred Taylor

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I will attempt to answer questions about American antique furniture, including construction details, style, period, manufacturers, care, repair and storage. I do not have any background in appliances, musical instruments, sewing machines, trunks, lighting, clocks or children's and baby furniture and will not respond to questions about those items.

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I ran an antique furniture restoration business for twenty years. I am a nationally syndicated columnist on the subject of antique furniture for such publications as Antique Week and New England Antiques Journal. I have produced one video on the subject of furniture identification and my book "HOW TO BE A FURNITURE DETECTIVE" is now available.I have also published articles in Antique Trader, Chicago Art Deco Society, Northeast Magazine, Victorian Decorating and Lifestyles, Professional Refinishing, Antiques and Art Around Florida and Antique Shoppe. You can visit my website at www.furnituredetective.com

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BSBA Finance, University of Florida, MBA Finance, University of Florida

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