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The Iowa Homemaker

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Types of Colonial Chairs

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When we speak so blithely of Colonial Furniture, we do not necessarily mean the Colonial type; for Chippendale, Heppelwhite and Sheraton have all had their influences on American furniture. When we consider that Virginia was settled mainly by English, we can see how their household furnishings would have a very definite English influence. It has been said that early in the eighteenth century there was a great deal of wealth in the South, particularly in the state of Virginia, thus making possible the importation of furniture and the use of anything but of a poor quality. Then, in the North, we find a more stern, austere class of furniture as were the natures of the Pilgrim fathers, and Dutch and Flemish people. For some time, between 1702 and 1776, there was the introduction of that which we more loosely speak of as Colonial furniture. However, during this same period m New Orleans we find a strong French influence. After we stop to think, there is the question which arises before us, what is the Colonial style? By Colonial style we mean the using of classical lines, straight back chairs, severe in line, which utterly matched our Puritanical ancestors' rigid beliefs. They were indeed made for service, and if you could be comfortable it was a blessing.

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