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During the time Washington spent in Philadelphia before and after the Revolution and during the Presidency, he came to appreciate the quality, style, and affordable price of the furnishings produced by its artisans. Pierced "slat-back" chairs were among the most popular offerings of Philadelphia cabinetmakers in the late eighteenth century. Washington may have purchased chairs such as this one to serve as plain but fashionable seating throughout the less formal rooms at Mount Vernon. More





Mahogany (primary), white pine, tulip poplar, black cherry (corner blocks), yellow pine (slip seat)


Overall (H x W x D): 37 5/8 in. x 20 7/8 in. x 20 1/8 in. (95.58 cm x 53.04 cm x 51.13 cm)


Purchased with funds donated by Mr. & Mrs. Andrews of Raleigh, N.C. in memory of their mother Mrs. A.B. Andrews, former Vice Regent for North Carolina, 1925


Chiseled on the inside of the front and back seat rail: "IIII".
Chiseled on the slip-seat frame: "V".
Written in script in white chalk on the proper left seat rail "W. NO. 8."
Written in ink on a piece of masking tape on the proper left front corner block: "H".

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