An excellent example of a Roadstown, New Jersey turned, slat back, rush seat Ware chair in original condition. Beginning with patriarch Maskell Ware ( 1766-1846) the Ware chair making process was handed down father to son for a span of 150 years. The technique remained the same throughout the generations and is characterized by these distinguishing features: -Scribe lines on the posts where the slat is inserted to the post - Small hand wrought nails secure the top slat only -Rockers attached to the outside of the front and back posts - Rush seats woven in either single or checkered design. This chair retains the checkered design, which is four strands over four strands - Underside of seat is stuffed with wads of curled frond ends of cured rush - Choice of wood was generally swamp maple, either plain or curly. This chair exhibits curly maple on the back posts and rockers - Distinctive finials – Maskell Ware chose globe shaped finials, while his sons and grandsons used oval or elliptical shaped finials that had elongated ends or a knob. This chair demonstrates an oval finial with a knob. For more information on the Ware Chair makers of southern New Jersey, please see our blog post, January 1, 2014 at www.noonmarkantiques.com
Condition: This chair is in excellent condition. Descended through a family from Roadstown, New Jersey.
Dimensions: 40” height, 16” seat height, 17” seat width, 26 ½” rocker length, 1 ¼” back post diameter