This side chair is one of several walnut chairs with a history of use in George Washington's presidential household in Philadelphia. Carved numerals in the front seat rail and front slip-seat rail identify the chair as part of a set. While the chair could have been used in several rooms in the executive mansion, its current crimson silk damask upholstery reflects that which was used in the state dining room. There were approximately three-dozen dining chairs in the room to accommodate the large parties of thirty or more guests who often ate with the president. More





Walnut (primary), red cedar (glue blocks), yellow pine (slip seat)


Overall (H x W x D): 38 1/4 in. x 21 3/4 in. x 20 in. (97.16 cm x 55.25 cm x 50.8 cm)


Gift of Colonel Frank M. Etting, 1887


Two chisel marks on front seat rail rabbet: "II".

On the front rail of the slip-seat frame, incised initials "MC" above three chisel marks "III".

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