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Sick Chair

Artist/Maker:
Single Brothers’ Joinery
Place Made:
Salem, North Carolina (poss.)
Date Made:
1775-1790
Medium:
walnut, leather, wrought iron
Dimensions:
HOA 55; WOA 27 1/4; D (seat) 29 1/2; Length extended 76″ __55 __76 (extended) __27 1/2 __29 1/2 (seat)
Accession Number:
C-73
Description:
A large folding chair made of walnut and upholstered with leather; As back lowers on iron rachets, a wooden mechanism beneath the seat raises the foot rest; heavy turned legs and stretchers; casters; back has “wing” type supports for head suppor; leather upholstery over horsehair upholsteryfoundation
History:
This chair was used in the SBH or Sister’s House in caring for the sick (see Auf. Col. Feb., 16, 1796.). Moravian choir houses had “sick rooms” where patients were isolated from the other residents of the choir house and cared for by sick nurses. The casters are not original, see Table T-50.
Historically, many medical procedures were done while a patient was sitting or reclining.
Credit Line:
Wachovia Historical Society Collection