Western Americana – Folk Art at its rarest! Horn furniture for adults is seldom seen; however, a Child's Arm Chair, a toddler's size no less, is virtually non-existent. I have learned of one other, but a child's size, not a toddler. Given the intended use, it is a wonder it survived. As opposed to adult horn furniture, much, if not most of that, was crafted by professional or semi-professional furniture – cabinet makers and has a professional appearance to the construction and upholstery. This Toddler's Arm Chair, we believe, was lovingly created by a grandfather or father for a very special child.
The one board seat bottom is upholstered in now worn red velvet. Through a small wear slit in the front edge of the seat, one can see that the velvet was placed over "straw" stuffing which the chair retains in a compressed state. The perimeter of the chair bottom, the bases of the arms and the back horns are decorated with metallic thread ribbon... now tarnished. This metallic ribbon is attached with brass head tacks. The top of each horn leg is wrapped in fabric brocade ribbon.
Dating from the 1880's – 1890's. Several replacement tacks and cotter pin reinforcement in the back added during the early 20th Century.
Materials: cow horn, pine, "straw," metallic ribbon, brass tacks, nails.
Dimensions: Seat: 12 ½ x 12 ½; Seat Height: 7 ¾"; Maximum Height at Back: 15 5/8"
Condition: Remarkable for age and use; as found.
Thank you for visiting Aunties' Attic, Antiques on Ruby Lane. Richard & Priscilla