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Object Name: Bentwood chairs
Date: 1870-1878
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Medium: Wood; probably hickory and ash; cane
Dimensions: Overall: 38 × 18 × 16 1/2 in. (96.5 × 45.7 × 41.9 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Effie Flovin Miller
Object Number: 2013.27.2
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These chairs combine Victorian stylistic traditions, such as the turned front legs, with modern manufacturing techniques pioneered and patented by Thonet Brothers of Vienna to great success. When Thonet’s patent expired in 1869, the Henry I. Seymour Chair Manufactory was the first manufacturer in the United States to recognize the profitability of Thonet’s designs and began to imitate their creations.

The Henry I. Seymour Chair Manufactory held an office at 171 River Street in Troy, New York and its factory was located at Erie and Auburn Streets in West Troy. Owned by Henry I. Seymour and his brother George R. Seymour, the firm produced furniture for the middle-class market. Seymour was in business from 1851 to 1885, when the firm was purchased and renamed the Troy Chair Company.