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Antique Child's Chair or Salesman's Sample

  Lot # L117
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An exquisite piece reflecting the craftsmanship of the late 19th to early 20th century, this solid mahogany chair may represent a child's chair or a salesman's sample. It showcases a carved spindle back design with scrolled armrests and turned legs, joined by stretchers for durability. The compact size indicates its use for children or as a portable sample for salesmen of the era.

Maker's Mark

Carved beneath the seat is the maker's mark "G.W. Sto??s", which provides a hint to its origin, although the complete name of the craftsman or manufacturer is unclear and warrants further research.


  • Overall: 24" Height x 16" Width x 14" Depth
  • Seat: 13" Width x 11.75" Depth x 12" Height
  • Soup for scale in last image

Historical Context

The late 1800s to early 1900s was a period when peddlers were vital to rural commerce, often carrying miniature versions of products as salesman's samples. These items were meticulously crafted to demonstrate the full-size product's functionality and were typically adorned with the company logo, distinguishing them from children's toys.

Lot # L117
System ID # 15675607
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