This vintage chair came out of a 1795 farmhouse in Harpswell, along with several other wonderful old pieces.
According to Weavin’ Wicker Woman Blog (wickerwoman.com):
MAN-MADE PAPER FIBRE RUSH or PAPER WICKER
Paper fibre rush can be identified by its barber-pole or peppermint stick twist and each strand is exactly the same size in diameter.
The man-made material used in this seatweaving process was invented in 1904 and was made to resemble the rattan reed that had been used in Victorian wicker furniture.
Paper rush is actually made from twisted thin sheets of paper that have been glued and sized to stay twisted.
This rope-like material resembles the strands of natural cattail leaf rush or bulrush.
Paper twist, rope, or paper wicker is very strong and durable and is available from Cane & Basket Suppliers in a continuous pre-twisted strand coil, either by the pound or 35 pound reel.
Little or no water is needed when weaving with paper rush to soften or mellow the strands.
In fact, water is the enemy of paper rush and too much or soaking the paper can destroy it.
Knots or joins are made to connect one strand end to another and are covered in the gussets or pockets in the triangles and/or on the bottom of the chair seat, so they are not visible.
Dimensions: 17 1/2″H (to the seat) | 37″H (to the seat back) x 15 1/4″W x 15″D.
Condition: Very good. The caning is intact, and while the chair has typical signs of wear and tear, it’s a quality piece for its age (whatever that might be).
Price: $18.00 plus Maine sales tax of 5.5% for a total of $18.99.
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