Medium: Iron, brass
Dimensions: 1 3/4 x 3 x 9 in. (4.5 x 7.6 x 22.8 cm)
Museum Location: Brooklyn Museum, BMA, 5H26, 1G
Accession Number: 1995.144
Catalogue Description: Patent Model Mechanical Chair, iron and brass. Three-part frame consisting of back, seat, and leg rest, attached with pivoting joints. Outer frame of back is formed of elongated U-shaped strip of iron, which is supported by two iron strips riveted to the upper and lower half of back, and running horizontally across it. These are further reinforced by two brass strips riveted to iron strip supports and running vertically up back frame. Below upper iron strip support is a pivoting iron stand consisting of two short iron strips with rounded corners, joined together by an iron bar running horizontally from one to another at the lower end. Above lower iron strip support on either side are armrests, formed of bent iron strips. These strips are attached with pivoting joints to bent iron bars with notches cut in inner side, which are attached to outer frame of seat with pivoting joints. Outer frame of seat is formed of two iron strips with rounded corners curved horizontally into shallow U-shape. Outer frame is supported by two iron strips riveted to upper and lower halves of frame, running horizontally between each side outer frame. These are further reinforced by two brass strips riveted to iron supports and running vertically up seat frame. Next to attached notched arm piece on either side of outer seat frame is pointed iron strip with serpentine outline and attached with pivoting joint. Next to each iron strip support on either side of frame is riveted leg formed of short gently curved iron strip. An iron bar runs horizontally between two front legs, and between two back legs. An iron strip with concave curve in upper edge runs vertically between front and back leg on either side. Outer frame of leg rest formed of two iron strips, with gentle concave curve at upper end. Outer frame supported by two iron strips riveted to upper and lower sections and running horizontally across frame; further reinforced by two brass strips riveted to supporting iron strips and running vertically up frame. Just above lower supporting iron strip foot rest formed of semi-flattened iron bar bent into C-shape, and attached with pivoting joints on either side frame. Below footrest attached at same joints are two short iron strips with rounded corners, attached at lower ends with pivoting joints to two iron strips with notches cut in lower edge. Iron bar riveted to notched strips at outer end. Condition: Overall condition good; iron somewhat rusted, brass tarnished.