Child's ladderback armchair with turned legs, mule ear stiles, and a paper rush seat. The wood has a dark brown finish (it was probably painted originally but later refinished). Chair measures 20 inches high x 13.125 inches wide x 12.5 inches deep.
(Keywords: New York)
|Acquisition||Gift of Jane DePuy and Mrs. Alvin DePuy|
|Ownership and History||
The ladderback chair was named for its back, which was made from vertical posts and horizontal slats like a ladder. It was the most typical form of basic seating in early Staten Island and is the type of plain but useful furniture that might have been placed in a child's nursery. This example was made for Alvin B. DePuy (1876-1949) of Staten Island. It was also used by his daughter, Jane, born in 1900.
Alvin B. DePuy was a lifelong resident of Port Richmond, Staten Island. He worked for 30 years as a mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office, and later worked as superintendent of mails at the shipyard of Bethlehem Steel Company in Mariners Harbor. He was a volunteer firefighter with Washington Engine Co. No. 1 of Port Richmond in the 1890s and early 1900s. He and his wife Mary had two children, Alvin and Jane.
DePuy, Alvin B.
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