I am hopelessly sentimental and often get attached to the dumbest things. The red chair is one of those things. When I was a child this chair was white and belonged to my grandmother. I loved to sit in it when I would visit. Many times I heard how it was her chair from first grade. I don’t know how true that is but first grade for her would have been about 1905 so this little chair, which I just received when cleaning out my aunt’s home, now lives in my living room. It’s age makes it an antique though it’s condition makes it crap. I still love the little chair.
This mission style rocking chair was in my aunt’s cottage in Maine when I was a child. I have very few memories of visiting there since she sold the cottage when I was still quite young. One very strong memory I have is standing in this rocking chair looking out the window watching the lobster boats collecting the lobsters from the traps. When I close my eyes I can still smell the ocean and picture that view as clear as if it was yesterday. I know nothing about when this chair joined the family but I suspect it was in the cottage when she bought it.
The chair has an unusual finish. It’s sort of black & red and with age has an alligator skin look. Where the finish is worn away there is oak visible. I remember my grandmother sitting in this chair when her Alzheimer’s was quite advanced. She would rub her hands over the ends of the arms of the chair and rock.
I was quite curious about this chair so when it arrived a few weeks ago I flipped it over to look at the bottom and discovered the tag. I was able to find a wiki about the Binghamton Chair Company but no real information about the chair. It is numbered (176 written in pencil) which I think is fantastic.
A few weeks ago I decided it was time to straighten out the dining room (at least one room is presentable at this point). I had all my vintage plasticware stacked on the built-in hutch and it looked like crap. We had a trip planned to Ikea so I thought I’d look there for something to hold everything in one nice neat piece. I decided on an Expedit shelving unit. Turned on it’s side it makes a perfect sideboard. There is plenty of space to store the plastics and some cloth baskets to hold placemats, napkins and tablecloths.