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An early 20th century oak framed Orkney chair with a woven straw back.

The back is constructed from black oat straw and bent grass, bound together with cord made from twisted bent grass. The back is almost straight for around 10 rows of straw weave before it curves smoothly out to create a comfortable supportive seat.

The drop in seat is constructed from an oak frame and rush seating and is again, in very good condition. The four square legs have understretchers between them to stabilise the chair and all have tight pegged joints.

The Orkney chair has developed through local island tradition, most likely originating from a humble piece of furniture that the islanders could make for themselves with local materials that were readily available. In its very early stages the chairs design was a simple low round stool covered with straw. It was then developed into a low chair in later years by adding of a straw back around two feet in height. This design is thought to be a practical aspect, to shelter the occupant from the cold Orkney draughts.

In very good original condition and the straw has very little sign of wear. This chair is very comfortable to sit in as well as being interesting and attractive to look at.

Height 84cm (33 inches)
Width 54cm (21.3 inches)
Depth 49.5cm (19.5 inches)

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