Joe Kindig Jr. & Son, York, Pennsylvania, September 1969; Vogel Collection no. 58.
This ‘Great chair’ is a very rare variant of the beloved Connecticut ‘Heart & Crown’ chair. Typically at the center of the stylized broken scroll crest is a pierced heart, whereas in this instance the chairmaker chose to feature three elliptical piercings. The details of the turning on the stiles, legs, and stretchers all relate directly to chairs made in Stratford, Connecticut as identified by Robert F. Trent in his seminal publication Hearts & Crowns: Folk Chairs of the Connecticut Coast, 1720-1840, (New Haven, CT: New Haven Colony Historical Society, 1977), pp. 44-54.
Wear commensurate with age and use. Appears to retain its original surface and splint. One of the banisters (2nd from proper right) was previously cracked and re-glued, showing a 2 in. by 4 in. patch to the reverse. Feet replaced
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