The chairs became staples in homes across colonial America. They still remain among the most popular types of chairs. The Metropolitan Museum of Art purchased a ladder-back chair, which was considered a peasant's chair, and was dated between the 17th and 18th centuries, in Production. Chairs as we know them have been around since at least the s. Before that, the chair was essentially a stool with a back, and only the head of the house or the upper echelon of society sat in.
Description[ edit gay dating websites kolkata Dating ladder back chairs chairs tend to have tall backs with two uprights. Between these two uprights exists multiple horizontal spindles or slats three in the picture to the right. The seat can be made of a variety of different materials. Originally the majority of seats were constructed using cane or rushwhereas now, the seats tend to be made of wood. The top slat may be larger than the other slats, pierced, or have a hole in the center, as a utility that dating ladder back chairs carrying the chair easier.
Modern Usage Ladderback chairs still hold a place in modern furniture design. Reproductions of the 18th and 19th century chairs are in most furniture stores. Original versions are still found in antique stores and auctions. Variations Square posts: Ladderbacks were used in everyday life; therefore, they are not expected to be in mint, or "brand new" condition. To be considered in excellent condition, no pieces should be missing; it should be strong with no cracks, severe scratches or blemishes.
Original State The closer the ladderback chair is to its original state, the more valuable it is. Refinishing or reupholstering depreciates the value. Likewise, if the legs, arms, posts, slats or seat have been replaced the value is diminished. Provenance Provenance is the custodial history of the antique. A verified provenance can greatly enhance value. Quality and Uniqueness As with all antiques, the quality of the craftsmanship determines a great deal of the value.
Since experts and amateurs made these chairs alike, the quality of the piece is even more important to the value. Ladderbacks are a common chair. Unusual designs or ornamentation, as long as they are original to the chair, make the chair more desirable to a collector.
Determining a Value There are many ways to determine the value of an 18th century ladderback chair. Here are a few suggestions: Search online antique price guides Ask a professional antique appraiser Care of an 18th Century Ladderback Simple, common sense care can help retain the chair's value.
Do not refinish or repaint. Have any repairs done by a professional conservator. Early armchairs often had loose seat cushions stuffed with feathers. After the s, cushion designed advanced a bit and included springs, padding and webbing.
In the s, synthetic materials such as upholstery foam and fiberfill entered the scene. Identifying the material stuffed into seat cushions helps identify a chair's age, but it's possible a chair was revamped somewhere along the way, with the original seat padding exchanged for updated fillers. Style Sometimes style is enough to tell how old a chair is, especially if that style was only popular for a short time.
For example, an olive green recliner with yellow or orange flowers is most likely from the late s to s, as that type of print and color combination hasn't come back into fashion -- yet. Likewise, mid-century molded fiberglass chairs -- popularized by Charles and Ray Eames paired with manufacturer Herman Miller -- still influence plastic chair design, yet are distinguishable by their thin metal legs and noticeable fiberglass fibers.
Look at images of chairs similar to yours online if you are unsure when your chair was manufactured. After finding a few, you'll likely be able to narrow down the general era the chair was made. Reproductions Antique furniture styles are still in use today and many reproductions exist. If you are unsure whether the chair is a reproduction or original, look for signs of age or newness.
For example, a chair that is supposedly original, unrefinished and from the s should not smell like fresh varnish or upholstery.