Previously, I have written about my hunt for little chairs on little wheels.
Pretty much every such chair I find pre-dates the 1894 Cross House. While the house may well have been originally furnished with pieces already owned by Susan and Harrison Cross I am inclined to think that because the house was architecturally sophisticated (it was not just a Queen Anne-style house but was a Queen Anne Free Classic!), and abounded with up-to-the-minute technology, the furnishings of at least the main floor rooms were likely new and fashionable.
So, I am not interested in little chairs with little wheel from the 1860s or 1870s or 1880s but rather from the early 1890s. The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 had a huge influence on architecture and design and likely influenced the architect of the Cross House, Charles Squires, and its owners.
Also, there will be few antiques in the house when all is finished and I wanted these select pieces to complement the 1894 house. This is important to me.
NOTE: I am on a learning curve and am hardly an expert on the subject of late-19th-centiry furnishings! So, reader beware!
I have made an offer on the chair, and it is about two hours drive away.