Overall: 36 x 23 1/2 x 20 in. ( 91.4 x 59.7 x 50.8 cm )
Mahogany Federal armchair used in Federal Hall; square upholstered back with square beaded edge; upholstered open arms with curved supports; trapezoidal upholstered seat with beaded rails, quarter-round seat glue blocks; turned stop-fluted columnar legs with rosettes at top of leg; brass castors on feet; brass tacks outline modern black horsehair upholstery.
Gift of the Corporation of the City of New York
engraved: metal plaque on rear rail; "CHAIR/ used by Federal Congress/ 1789/ Federal Hall/ Corner of Wall and Nassau Streets"
This chair was part of the furnishings of Federal Hall, the home of the First U.S. Congress of the United States. The furniture has sometimes been attributed to Pierre L'Enfant, the architect of Federal Hall, but this has not been substantiated. Other pieces from Federal Hall are in the Museum of the City of New York.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.