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Object Name Chair
Date ca. 1880
Description 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.
Earliest Date 1878
Latest Date 1882
Subjects Antiques
Lexicon Sub-category Furniture
Associated People DePuy, Alvin B.
DePuy, Jane
Catalog Number F01.0143
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, September 2013.
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