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Rocking Chair

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Rocking Chair

Rocking chair made of wood, possibly oak. The chair has curved arms supported by stiles, a floral machine-carved crest rail above a cane back, and a wood seat with a perforated five-point star motif. The front legs and stretcher are turned while the back legs are saber. The chair is probably from a cabin built by the Freeman family between 1862 and 1863 on Birch Lake in White Bear township, Minnesota.

For details, view this chair in our collections database.

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Knotty pine camp armchair

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Knotty pine camp armchair

Hand hewn knotty pine armchair (A) with green canvas upholstered seat (B) and back (C) cushions, part of a set of Tettegouche State Park camp furnishings. The back posts, stretchers, arms and legs are turned logs. The sides, back and front of seat are quartered logs. The back of chair has arrow slats and the underside of the seat is has a label printed “From Presque Isle Lodge / Woodcraft Shops, Bay City, Mich / Design No. 308″.

For details, view this chair in our collections database.

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Adirondack chair kit

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Adirondack chair kit

Adirondack chair kit produced by Joel Sisson’s Green Chair Project, a community construction initiative with an emphasis on outreach to inner city youth founded in Minneapolis circa 1993.  The plywood crate contains the wood parts needed to build an Adirondack chair and the jigs/templates used to assemble the chair and to cut additional parts.   The kit’s parts comprise a crate bottom with several attached jigs and templates; a crate lid with attached jig and template; side rails/rear feet; armrests; seat slats; backrest slats; a backrest support; seat supports; front legs; and armrest support brackets.

For details, view the kit in our online collections database.

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School bench and desk

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

School bench and desk

School bench and desk used in a school district in Watonwan, Minnesota between 1889 and 1919. The hardwood bench has a hinged hardwood seat with an attached slanted hardwood desk. The desk was intended to be used by the student sitting directly behind the bench. The seat back, desk top, and shelf below are fastened to a cast-iron framework painted black. The framework consists of two supports with S-scroll openwork detailing, a molded maker’s label and “R” and “L” designation. The iron legs are screwed into hardwood planks.

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Tablet-arm chair

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Tablet-arm chair

Tablet-arm chair owned by Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple, first Episcopalian Bishop of Minnesota, in the late nineteenth century.  The chair is upholstered with brown wool fabric and decorative green upholstery tape.  The tablet features a black leather writing surface.

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Ranch-style sofa

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Ranch-style sofa
Ranch-style, blonde wood frame sofa upholstered in black vinyl. The sofa’s arm rests are decorated with the top halves of spoked wagon wheels. On its back is an appliqued vinyl rendering of a Labrador walking through cat tails and holding a duck in its mouth. The seat swivels to reveal a storage space containing a blanket.

The sofa belongs to a set of living room furniture made in the same Western or ranch style, including a rocking chair, end tables, magazine rack, coffee table, and table lamps. The set was made in 1959 and was used by Florence Hibbs Daniels of Minneapolis.

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Lap desk used by Stephen Riggs

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Lap desk used by Stephen Riggs (closed)Lap desk used by Stephen Riggs (open)

Mahogany folding lap desk used by Reverend Stephen Return Riggs (1812-1883), a Presbyterian minister and missionary. The desk has brass hinges and a copper lock mechanism with a copper key. Its bottom is lined with green velvet.  The writing surface is covered with black velvet and opens to reveal two storage compartments. The front compartment has four subcompartments; one contains a clear glass inkwell lidded with metal, and another has a tilting panel that reveals a hidden compartment beneath.  The lock plate is stamped “EAGLE LOCK CO./ TERRYVILLE, CONN./ MADE IN U.S.A.” The desk was made around 1850 and underwent restoration in 1938.

For details, view the desk in our online collections database.

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RNC folding chair

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Republican National Convention folding chair

Folding chair used at the 2008 Republican National Convention held in St. Paul at the Xcel Energy Center.  The chair has a steel frame and a padded red seat and back. An adhesive label affixed to its top back reads “Kentucky.”

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Sewing table

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Sewing table used by Harriet Bishop

Sewing table used by Harriet Bishop (1817-1883).  Bishop is often credited as “the first schoolteacher in Minnesota” for starting the Minnesota Territory’s first public school in 1847, but she was also a writer, activist, and suffragist.  The walnut table has a burl veneer and is in the Renaissance style, with trestle legs and a stretcher.  The hinged lid has a mirrored top that lifts up to reveal a drawer.

For more details, view the table in our online catalog.

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Table lamp

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Table lamp

Arts and Crafts-style copper table lamp. The coach-type lantern has frosted green glass and is suspended at an angle by a rod over a heavily weighted base. There are a pull chain, cord and socket inside the lantern. Made by hand circa 1920-1929.

For more details, view the lamp in our collections catalog.

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