Mahogany; pine, poplar
Overall: 37 3/4 x 24 1/2 x 21 in. ( 95.9 x 62.2 x 53.3 cm )
Mahogany Federal-style armchair; tri-lobed crest rail, straight stiles, and pierced slat with interlacing design with a central four-leaf flower with bellflowers below; serpentine arms; square seat upholstered over the rail with serpentine front rail and brass tacks at lower edge; square molded legs with side, rear, and medial stretchers; brass plaques affixed beneath seat rail describe use of chair in inaugurations of Washington, Grant, and Garfield; seat reupholstered.
Gift of Edmund B. Southwick
Label: brass plaque on crest rail (left) inscribed "USED BY PRESIDENT U.S. GRANT/ AT HIS INAUGURATION MARCH 4, 1873" Label: brass plaque on crest rail (center) inscribed "CHAIR USED AT THE INAUGURATION OF/ GEORGE WASHINGTON/ AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, APRIL 30, 1789/ PRESENTED BY EDMUND B. SOUTHWICK/ MARCH 7, 1916" Label: brass plaque on crest rail (right) inscribed "USED BY PRESIDENT JAMES A. GARFIELD/ AT HIS INAUGURATION MARCH 4, 1881"
This chair was used on the balcony of Federal Hall, New York City, by George Washington at his inauguration on April 30, 1789. It was also used for the inaugurations of Ulysses S. Grant (March 4, 1873) and James A. Garfield (March 4, 1881). A side chair from this set is at the New York State Museum.
Federal Hall, New York City; to William Coventry Henry Waddell (1802-1844); to his descendant Edmund B. Southwick
Bach, Debra Schmidt. "Witness to history: Furniture and historic relics." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 162-167.
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