VERY FINE AND RARE FOLDING HORSE CHESTNUT CAMP STOOL, HOSEA HAYDEN (1820-1897), UNION COUNTY, INDIANA, 1894
Inscribed with art work, poems and philosophical sayings. Dated May, A D 1894.
Inscribed on reverse of back support: Question. dose indivdual mind exist after the individual body is decomposed. If the answer be yes or no, then give evidence why
Crest rail: Heuueii, Grover le
Seat: Cupids darts hits the majority, sign reads Seacrofs 10 miles
Underside of seat: Pa Pa, mother, quick, / on a limb, Spots, / up a tree. Pa, quick. / mother mebby be / killed. hurry Pa Pa.
Other side of underside of seat: Be-jabers / I have / ye now
Rear leg: Freedom is heaven, Heaven is made by doing unto others as you would have them do unto you / Tyrany is hell. Hell is made by doing unto others as you would not permit others to do unto you.
Proper left leg: Henry Burgh inaugurated the Humane Society / Hoping to obliterate torture of animals / Burg was the greatest phylanthropist of the day in which he lived.
Back leg: Seeking knowledge and Native american
Back support: Amongst many isms panthe-ism most logical
Height 26 ¼ in. by Width 9 ¾ in. by Depth 18 in.
In overall very fine condition. Proper right seat support with old chip due to shrinkage. Nominal wear and discoloration to head rest and seat corners commensurate with age and use. Small piece added to top of front leg.
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Garth's Auction Inc., Delaware, Ohio, November 27, 2004, lot 507;
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For related folding chairs see Angie Mills, "Homilies to Sit Upon," Folk Art Magazine, Fall 1994, pp. 44-7 and Stacy C. Hollander and Brook Davis Anderson, American Anthem: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum, (New York: Harry Abrams, 2001), p. 147 and 350, fig. 129.