|Description: A simple banister-back child's chair. The wood frame is crude and appears to be hand carved. The back end posts terminate in rounded finials. Box stretchers secure the base of the chair. The chair has a seat of wide leather strips nailed to the seat. It is painted in an orange-red colour. |
Acquired by Rosamund Vanderburgh, Vice President of The Township of Toronto Historical Foundation.
Banister-back chairs were common and popular during and after the eighteenth century, especially in America.
In Upper Canada, chair making was a common practice, with chairs being made from any suitable wood available. Chairs were all homemade in the first half of the nineteenth century. See: Jeanne Minhinnick, "At Home in Upper Canada" (Toronto: Clarke, Irwin and Co., 1970), 177-195.