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A VICTORIAN WALNUT VENEERED AND GRAIN-PAINTED CHAIR-DESK
A VICTORIAN WALNUT VENEERED AND GRAIN-PAINTED CHAIR-DESK

STAMPED BY STEPHEN HEDGES, NEW YORK, CIRCA 1854

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A VICTORIAN WALNUT VENEERED AND GRAIN-PAINTED CHAIR-DESK
STAMPED BY STEPHEN HEDGES, NEW YORK, CIRCA 1854
Drawer with medallion inscribed HEDGES/April 1854/Patent
28½ in. high, 35¼ in. wide, 26½ in. deep

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This unusual combination chair and desk closely resembles drawings accompanying Stephen Hedges' patent no. 10, 740 for a "convertible chair." Patented in April 1854, the invention was described by Hedges as "A new and useful Piece of Furniture, Intended to Serve as a Table Alone or as Chair and Table combined." What he claimed as unique was the manner of hinging "a table of ordinary construction" with a chair to form a small stand, writing desk, and chair in one.

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