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Nutting, Wallace, 1861-1941 / Furniture of the Pilgrim century, 1620-1720 including colonial utensils and hardware
(1921)

[Stools and crickets],   pp. 285-292


Page 285

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A PAIR of unique cross-stretcher stools with beautifully curved stretch-
ers. The legs are in the style of the six-legged highboy. This pair of stools
was found in Newburyport. They are the hight of an ordinary chair, and
are apparently all original. For similar American subjects see pages 336
and any of the six-legged highboys and dressing tables.
The wood of these stools is very light, probably bass. The style is scarcely
adapted for strength, and if more of them existed, one can easily see that
they would have gone to pieces before this date. Nevertheless, they are of
exceeding interest.
The covers were worked many years ago and are in fine condition. They
are not, however, original, though very well adapted for their purpose.
It will be noted that no two of the turnings on these stools are of the same
size, a very common occurrence. The date would be the same as that of
cabinet furniture in this style, namely 1690-1720. Owner: the author, who
prizes them more than anything else of a similar sort in his collection.
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