Help Identifying This Chair

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  1. NCSophie

    NCSophie Member

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  2. flipper

    flipper Striving to face adversity with tact and humor

  3. NCSophie

    NCSophie Member

    That pretty much looks like it, except ours has a very bad paint job. Anyone have an idea how old?
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  4. flipper

    flipper Striving to face adversity with tact and humor

    The introduction of indoor flush toilets started to displace chamber pots, in the 19th century but they remained common until the mid-20th century. The alternative to using the chamber pot was a long cold walk to the outhouse in the middle of the night. They are still used in rural areas, but many if not most are around 100 year old...imo.
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  5. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    I think yours is the original paint job. The one in the ebay link has been refinished.
    That dark stain I believe used in the 1910s-20s.

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  6. stracci

    stracci Well-Known Member

    Wow, this is very cool!
    If I had one, I would save on my water bill.:woot:
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  7. NCSophie

    NCSophie Member

    :D Could have been our place. Rural electrification didn't happen here in northeastern North Carolina until the late 40's. We think the farm may have still been using an outhouse up until the late 50's.
  8. James Conrad

    James Conrad Well-Known Member

    It's a potty chair, no doubt about it.

    Guesses 1900 or so.
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  9. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    I am thinking late 19th century based on the spindles.
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  10. Ghopper1924

    Ghopper1924 Well-Known Member

    Thinking 1860s-1880s.
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  11. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    what a lovely thunderbox.
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  12. James Conrad

    James Conrad Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I don't doubt it, "modern" plumbing was born in the 1930s when they finally figured out how to vent plumbing fixtures.
    So, even though plumbers/plumbing has been around for thousands of years, modern plumbing is not even "antique".
    By 1940, half the houses in USA lacked any kind of modern plumbing, piped water, bath/shower, flush water closets.

    The reason i guessed 1900 on your potty chair, the restored Ebay example posted above is oak which i suspect yours is under that paint and oak didn't really take off here furniture wise until that time period.

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