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 "scroll'd splatt" 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), yellow pine, white pine (corner blocks)


Overall (H x W x D): 36 1/4 in. x 21 1/4 in. x 19 1/2 in. (92.08 cm x 53.98 cm x 49.53 cm)


Gift of Emily L. Harper, Vice Regent for Maryland, 1874


Chiseled on the back of the rear seat rail: "XII"
Several other "X" marks are also chiseled into the back of the rear seat rail.

Chiseled on the slip-seat frame: "IX" and "X"

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