How old is this Ladder Back Chair?
I bought this chair recently because its well made and I wanted to practice re-caning on it. I've decided that I should look into its age and value a little more before i do that. What can you tell me from the photos?
Some things I've noticed:
Chair is made of maple and ash with a shellac finish
The rails are steam bent and tenoned into the back legs, and the top rail is pegged with wooden pegs.
one of the front stretchers is turned-- usually I've just seen simple dowels used for stretchers.
There are pegs in the front leg top ends from what i assume was the lathe mount used to turn them
The scribe lines for the mortises were left on the wood and made into decorative lines-- the back legs were tapered in the "mule ear fashion"