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This Windsor chair descended in the family of Christopher Sheels, George Washington's enslaved body servant, with the tradition of having been among the furnishings of Washington's bedroom on the day of his death, December 14, 1799. According to an eyewitness account of that day, Sheels stood in constant attendance on Washington throughout his final illness, not taking a seat until Washington requested him to. More





Tulip poplar (seat), maple (arm supports and legs), ash (spindles), paint


Overall (H x W x D): 35 3/4 in. x 22 1/2 in. x 17 1/2 in. (90.81 cm x 57.15 cm x 44.45 cm)


Gift of Mrs. George Hearst, Vice Regent for California, 1892

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