Overall: 39 x 23 x 25 in. ( 99.1 x 58.4 x 63.5 cm )
Mahogany Federal armchair supposedly from Independence Hall; square upholstered back with serpentine crest rail; square upholstered spring seat (springs are later addition); open upholstered arms and curved supports; molded straight front legs, raked rear legs, and side and medial stretchers; upholstered in black painted linen with brass upholstry tacks; brass plaque and paper label on back of seat.
Gift of Walter R. Benjamin
written: partially legible fragmentary paper label on rear; "...Independence/ Hall, Philadelphia/ formerly in the/ possession.../ ...Walter Romey (?) Benjamin." engraved: brass plaque on rear; "Chair from Independence Hall, Philadelphia. Formerly in the Possession of E.D. Ingraham. Presented by Walter R. Benjamin, May 7, 1892.
According to the accession records, this chair was part of the furnishings of Independence Hall, though it is more likely that it is part of the furnishings of Congress Hall in Philadelphia, where the U.S. Congress met from 1790 to 1800.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.