||Plain Straight Chairs
196. Plain straight chairs
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
Copyright Amelia Wallace Vernon. All rights reserved, 1998.