Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | June 6, 2016

Artifact of the Week. Banister back rocking chair from Lancaster Ontario, circa 1825.


Acquired for Inverarden Regency Cottage Museum from a local antique in 1988, this chair is now on display at the Cornwall Jail as part of the SD & G Historical Society’s Glengarry Collection.

This chair was featured in the 1973 book THE FURNITURE OF OLD ONTARIO, by Philip Shackleton.  Shackleton wrote:  “This banister back  chair of some individual distinction is made in a manner that suggest it was not designed as a rocker.  Stout side stretchers, for example, would not be needed to provide stability in a chair with rockers.  The woods are birch and ash with a crest rail of bird’s eye maple.  The depth of the seat rail suggests it was intended probably to have flat board seat.  The present woven seat is modern.  The maker, according to family tradition, was George Sutherland, who was born in Scotland in 1792 and settled in Glengarry County here before 1815.”

It is a common misconception to think that the Inverarden collection was completely broken up.  Artifacts of local importance were mainly maintained and are still on display by the SD & G Historical Society.


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