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Would anyone have an idea of what type of chair this would be called? Age is unknown and there is no name on it anywhere. It is oak and it's 38 1/2" high and arm to arm is 30" wide. It is very heavy. Also, what is the material called that is on the back. It's too wide to be wicker. Thanks for any info you can give me. Sorry I had to post my pictures as attachments. I did it the other way and the pictures were so huge I had to delete them.
I think I found what the back is made of. Reed.
Caning. Which are in fact made from reed. My caner will cut reeds from swamps to make a cane materials if she needs it.
Closest thing I have come across so far.
I have looked at hundreds of chairs and couldn't find one even close. You are amazing. Thanks.
Not reed, rush, or cane...it's "splint" made from the bark of ash trees. I can't tell whether it's old or new without a hands-on look see.
Old splint was hand cut and varies in width and thickness. New machine cut splint is mostly the same size with no variance in thickness. You need to measure very closely several different pieces.
Machine cutting began around 1880s thru now. Hand cutting pre-dates 1880 with some exceptions.