Side chair (Fussell), before 1748
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The side chair has a serpentine crest rail centering a shell within a semi-circle, simple scroll ears, a solid, vase-shaped splat, and a trapezoidal seat frame with the front skirt cut away in a flat arch and centering a small dependent shell. The cabriole front legs have plain knees and trifid feet (described in the bill from Fussell to Franklin as "crookt" feet).

Three of the chairs survive: two are in the collection of the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village. Wood analysis on the three chairs has shown that they were made from identical materials; all dimensions are identical (indicating not only that they were cut from the same pattern but that they have had the same amount of shrinkage over time). Terms of Use Credits