Any small wooden chair for domestic or kitchen use, generally mass produced. The seats are usually wooden, with a saddled or slightly hollowed-out section for the sitter's comfort. The deeper the saddling, the earlier the chair is likely to be. The seats were sometimes caned or fitted with embossed plywood. See American spindle chairs, Federation chairs, Windsor chairs, etc.
A pair of stained beech and elm cottage arm-chairs, early 20th century, each with a U-shaped spindled back with out-swept arms above the moulded seat, on splayed turned legs joined with stretchers. Height 78 cm. Width 64 cm. Depth 56 cm
A fruitwood cottage armchair late, 19th century, the stick back with a shaped and curved top-rail and scrolling out-swept arms, the circular seat on splayed turned legs joined with an H-shaped stretcher. Height 88 cm. Width 64 cm. Depth 62 cm
Cottage chair This most humble of colonial chairs is an example of cottage chairs made throughout the colonial period and into the 20th century This example has Rewarewa spindles and is probably the sole survivor of a set of six or more kitchen chairs
Two various 19th century elm ladder back cottage chairs. 1 with 5 rails, turned legs & stretcher, & hoof feet; the other with 4 rails, & turned stretcher & front legs. Both rush seated. Height 101 cm. Width 95 cm
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