On the bottom of the chair is a paper tag that says
“Robert DeSchweintz’s chair 1855”. There is also a metal Salem academy & College inventory tag on the chair.
Within Moravian culture, this type of chair is referred to as a trombone chair. Music was a very important part of Moravian culture and education. As Wendy Cooper and Lisa Minardi explain in in PAINT, PATTERN, AND PEOPLE: FURNITURE OF SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA 1725-1850, “To fascilitate the playing of trombones, the Moravians developed a special type of windsor chair with legs several inches taller than usual, enabling the sitter to play the instrument without it hitting the floor.” (Cooper and Minardi 2011:48-49)
It’s possible that Robert de Schweinitz brought this chair with him from Bethlehem when he became inspector of the Salem Girls’ Boarding School ihn 1853 or he may have purchased the chair here in Salem.