Rush-seat armchair, ca. 1740
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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Armchair with arched, moulded crest rail continuous with moulded stiles, rectangular framed seat with (much later) rush slip seat, turned front legs continuous with arm supports, slender moulded arms ending in scrolls, vase-and-ring-turned front stretcher, slender turned side and rear stretchers.

This chair is reputed to have been used at Franklin's home on Unity Street, Boston, and willed to his sister Jane Mecom. Jane Mecom is believed to have passed it on to her daughter-in-law, the niece of Benjamin Franklin.

Connection to Franklin
Undocumented history of ownership in the Franklin family Terms of Use Credits