Mahogany; pine, poplar
Overall: 37 3/4 x 24 1/2 x 21 in. ( 95.9 x 62.2 x 53.3 cm )
Mahogany Federal-style armchair; tri-lobed crest rail, straight stiles, and pierced slat with interlacing design with a central four-leaf flower with bellflowers below; serpentine arms; square seat upholstered over the rail with serpentine front rail and brass tacks at lower edge; square molded legs with side, rear, and medial stretchers; brass plaques affixed beneath seat rail describe use of chair in inaugurations of Washington, Grant, and Garfield; seat reupholstered.
Gift of Edmund B. Southwick
Label: brass plaque on crest rail (left) inscribed "USED BY PRESIDENT U.S. GRANT/ AT HIS INAUGURATION MARCH 4, 1873"
Label: brass plaque on crest rail (center) inscribed "CHAIR USED AT THE INAUGURATION OF/ GEORGE WASHINGTON/ AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, APRIL 30, 1789/ PRESENTED BY EDMUND B. SOUTHWICK/ MARCH 7, 1916"
Label: brass plaque on crest rail (right) inscribed "USED BY PRESIDENT JAMES A. GARFIELD/ AT HIS INAUGURATION MARCH 4, 1881"
Federal Hall, New York City; to William Coventry Henry Waddell (1802-1844); to his descendant Edmund B. Southwick
Bach, Debra Schmidt. "Witness to history: Furniture and historic relics." The Magazine Antiques 167 (2005): 162-167.
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