Advice on this chair

Discussion in 'Furniture' started by Bryan, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. Bryan

    Bryan New Member

    Hi All

    Would someone be able to give me some help as to what this chair is, how old it might be and what wood it is made of please? Thanks.


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  2. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    Hi Bryan and welcome.
    From the photograph shown I would say this is a machine made modern copy of a primitive style chair.
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  3. silverthwait

    silverthwait Well-Known Member

  4. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    Very popular in the 40s-50s,"cottage " style.
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  5. milestoneks

    milestoneks Active Member

    Agree, recent, as is 1950's or so. Appears to be cedar.
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  6. milestoneks

    milestoneks Active Member

    I didn't enlarge it...........2nd thought, could be walnut
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  7. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    This is a reproduction keyed tenon plank chair. I have heard these called hall chairs or sometimes a tavern chair. The form goes back to medieval vernacular chairs but there have been popular revivals of such chairs through time. Most notably, during the Arts and Crafts period and in the US, Post-WWII era. Yours appears to be even newer than that or, perhaps, refinished and of the later vintage.

    Hard to tell wood from this picture. It could be birch, maple, or poplar with a stain. That streak of lighter wood makes me think poplar as it often has some pieces of wood that don't take stain well. It is also typical of natural cedar and cherry. The former is not a particularly good wood for chair making and the latter would not generally be used in a form such as this. I guess anything is possible though.
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