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Figure 196. Plain straight chairs

Amelia M. Wallace donated these three chairs to the hewn-timber cabins in the early days of the exhibit because similar chairs were used in African-American homes.  One of the chairs was distinctive because its legs had been shortened, possibly for use in working with tobacco, where the person needed to sit close to the floor for ease in reaching the tobacco.  It was recently observed that there is no way to tell the other two chairs apart, but here is one identifying point: the chair on the left has more finish and darker finish applied to the wood.  The chair on the right has minimal finish applied.  See next page for a second identifying point.  (Photo 2005)
Straight Chairs


Copyright Amelia Wallace Vernon. All rights reserved, 1998. Revised, 2007.