THE CHAIR…is in the house!

I have done several posts about my hunt regarding period-correct chairs for the Cross House. In my last such post I introduced this chair. I purchased it! It is now in the semi-shambles of the parlor as the room, breathlessly, awaits paint and decor.


There are a LOT of pre-1890s chairs out there and a LOT of post-1890s chairs but it is proving hard to find early, confirmable 1890s chairs. Thus, my delight in finding THIS chair!


In decorating the Cross House I will be using few antiques. And I greatly desire that these select antiques support the period when the house was built. The house was innovative and I feel a desire to be respectful of this. So, I do not want antiques from the 1870s or 1880s or 1900s.

In learning about early 1890s furniture it is fascinating to see how different such furnishings were from early 1880s furniture. Such as the above chair. The chair reflects a new aesthetic and is quite different than the Eastlake style which had been popular in the 1870s and 1890s. While Eastlake-style furnishings were still being offered in the 1890s and later, by 1894 (when the Cross House was built) the style would have been, it seems, a little passé. If the Cross House was just a Queen Anne, I would not hesitate to consider Eastlake furnishings but the house was a Queen Anne Free Classic, and this meant that the architect was conscious of the very latest aesthetic trends. And THIS is what I endeavoring to respect.

Recently, Cody brought to my attention a catalog on eBay (thanks, Cody!!!!!!!!). The date of the catalog captured my special attention…


…and I purchased it! With alacrity! The catalog is filled with dining chairs and also office chairs, rather then chairs suitable for a parlor.


I am insane for this! Can you see how different this looks as compared to an Eastlake chair?


I love this, too!






I will need a set of chairs for the servant’s hall (which will be my breakfast room). I will need something VERY simple like this…


…or this.






  1. Barb Sanford on March 22, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Ooh! Lovely. I especially like the little wheels 🙂

    What colors are you doing in the parlor? Will the current upholstery work?

  2. Sandra Lee on March 22, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Great chair!! Found the daily blog– no wonder you were confused by my post regarding 2016 “last posts” and how wonderful to have found catalog of 1892-1893 furniture for ideas:-) way to go Ross!! Congrats on progress on the Cross House!

  3. Jordan on March 22, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    some of these wouldn’t look out of place in an Art Deco book!

  4. tiffaney on March 22, 2017 at 9:35 pm


    • Ross on March 22, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      But of course!

  5. Cody H on March 22, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Glad that I could be of even a small help in the grand scheme of your endeavor 🙂

    • Ross on March 22, 2017 at 10:13 pm


  6. Cindi M on March 23, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Quite a nice gentleman’s chaiir. And It looks like it was made for this room. The flourishes in the chair back almost match those in the fireplace cover and the wood appears to the the same color as the mantle.

    This chair I like but not those in the catalog.

    • Gabi on March 23, 2017 at 7:46 am

      I agree Cindi.

  7. Andrea on March 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Ross! I have one of these chairs! The No.17. My husband’s parents recently downsized and I narrowly rescued it from the landfill. Now I’m very glad I did! When I get home this evening, I’m going to thoroughly inspect it for any kind of manufacturer’s marks or dates. I’ll let you know!

    (And,as always, I love to read your blog. I don’t live in an area with many historic homes, so I have to live vicariously through people like you. Thank you! :))

  8. on March 26, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    I know you’re enamoured with little wheels (and this chair in particular is one sexy exemplar), but I must admit, every time I see this set show up on craigslist they whisper your name. I think they want to date your couch.

  9. Nikki on March 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Oh I like the one with the shell design it’s so whimsical, like a mermaid chair!

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