The idea to fashion horns into furniture was probably first conceived in the log cabins and hunting lodges, which hunters decorated with trophies of their chase. Around 1800 horn seat furniture became widespread and especially after it was displayed at several international exhibitions, for example the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London in 1851, the London Exhibition in 1862 and the Philadelphia Exhibition in 1876
The present lot strongly resembles those which were made in Texas, United States. Typically these chairs were placed in billiard rooms and smoking dens. Stanley Marcus wrote about horns and antlers in furniture in Bruce M. Newman, Fantasy Furniture, New York, 1989, p. 79-106. A chair of comparable design is illustrated in this book on page 95.