American antique wooden rush seat chair by Loring H. Cushing of Hingham, MA. This handsome chair still has its label on it and is a part of American toymaking history. According to the Hingham Historical Society website, the house at 31 High Street was built in 1832 by Loring H. Cushing, a shoemaker, who lived there with his family for over 50 years. His youngest son, Loring H. Cushing, Jr., was a renowned toymaker who worked at the William S. Tower Toy Factory from 1869 to 1893 and later produced handmade toys in his home workshop. By the time he died in 1915, there were just a handful of toy craftsmen left in Hingham: there had been nearly 500 bucket and toy makers in 1818. There is no date on this chair.
This chair will fit a fairly large doll and measures 11 inches high, 6.625 inches wide, and is 7 inches deep. The seat is 4 inches from ground level and is 6 inches deep. It is in excellent condition with a repair to one of the arms. The seat is in remarkably good shape.
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