This chair belonged to my great grandmother, Effie Clarissa (Lee) Weaver. I am not sure of the age, but Grandmother Weaver died in 1945. The chair resided in my grandparents’ attic from the time it came into their possession until the time when my grandmother, Effie’s daughter-in-law, sold the family home and moved into an apartment.
That is when the chair came into my mother’s possession. Unfortunately, the flowered back of the chair had been broken into two pieces and the seat was well worn and stained.
First on the agenda was to have the chair put back together. For this task, my mother contracted my cousin, Bruce [also Effie’s great grandson], to do the repair work. He repaired and refinished the chair and a bedside table that will appear in a later post.
When the chair was returned to my mother, she needed to address the issue of the seat. To do that she created a needlepoint cover that was then installed to the seat. That is the current seat cover on the chair. The finished product always sat in my parents’ living room and anyone that sat on it had better not squirm or Mom would be giving them the stink-eye!
I inherited the chair upon my father’s death as part of the splitting up of the household items. The chair is more that a piece of furniture to me. It was my great-grandmothers, my cousin repaired it, and my mother created the needlepoint for the seat. It is truly a family heirloom.