Side chairs (two from a set), late 18th century
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Black walnut and yellow and white pine; H. 37 in. (94.0 cm); W. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1674
The inventory of Franklin's possessions taken at his death includes two entries of multiple chairs: "18 new mahogany chairs," in the Parlour and "10 old mahogany chairs" in the Blue Room. These chairs have a reputed ownership by Franklin, but paper documentation to support that claim has not yet been found. Terms of Use Credits