While antiquing with my mom and grandma this past weekend we stopped in Mary Catherine's Antiques is the Short North. And low and behold this beauty was sitting there waiting for me! An 1800s walnut and Cane Binding writer's / teacher's chair. It is large, roomy and the extended arm folds down when not in use. There is even a spilled ink stain which I love- this chair has had a life!
I looked at my mom and she was just as excited as I was. She asked if that was to be my Christmas present this year and I said "Y E P !" I had to walk away because my eye balls were about to pop out of my head. My grandmother asked for their best price and it was a done deal. The Cane Binding seat is most likely the original in a very tight 2 over 2 weave, which has helped the seat and back last 120 years +. That dark honey brown color is the natural oxidation of the Cane- no stain. The seat has some broken strands and is sagging a bit. I plan to at least put in a new seat complete with upholstery foam on the inside and most likely re-do the back to match and to last another 120 years.
The only other chair I've ever seen like it was a client's family heirloom rocking chair version that I restored spring of 2013. And I envied it! So to find one of my own was really exciting.
The family that antiques together, stays together. Here we are - 3 generations- helping out my grandma with her booth at the Powell Antique Market circa 1999.
Stop by Mary Catherine's!
E Emza Uphill