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Square-back Windsor armchair

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There are several indistinct and overlapping chalk inscriptions on the underside of the seat, which seem to refer to the family history. What appears to be the oldest inscription, light in color, reads "J--------- / Gardner." A newer inscription, om whiter chalk, reads: "J [?] G M [or W?] / M-- ram (87" and "Jon Barrett / ---ner / 1817"


History of ownership: By family history and inscriptions, this was owned at an early date on Nantucket; tradition records that it was used in the home of John Wendell Barrett (born Boston 1794), 75 Main Street, he was a ship owner and merchant; ; acquired in 1817 by a John Gardner; by descent in the family; 1973, gift of Mrs. Walter (Enid Hallett)Tebbetts, 137 Collins Road, Waban, Massachusetts (Accession Date September 12, 1973)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Walter Tebbetts

about 1800–20

Object Place for Label

New England, United States


Overall: 87 x 52.7 x 46.4 cm (34 1/4 x 20 3/4 x 18 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, painted




Furniture, Seating and Beds