Maker: James Chapman Tuttle
Salem, Mass. Circa 1810
35 1/2” Tall , 17 3/4” Seat Height
The chair is cold struct branded beneath the seat I・C TUTTLE. The back conforms to ones torso as sometimes a racing seat might in a sports car creating a comfortable sit. Nancy Goyne Evans in her book American Windsor Chairs illustrates a very similar chair stating “The nodular chair, one of only a few known, probably was made to special order”. An illustration of the chair referenced is pictured with the support images along with her expanded quote.
Perhaps only once painted black with less than 20% of that paint remaining, confined to areas which are protected from contact, apparently having sustained frequent use and handling. Good as this chair sits should cause speculation that it often was visited. The areas of wear have a pleasant worn color. Although used the chair exhibits little height loss. One leg has modern glue and composition fill at the underside of the seat where joined. Possibly once having paint cleaned down though not throughly. Otherwise free of repair.