Family Life: 1680 - 1720
Getting Things: Importing Status

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image of leather upholstered chair with turned legs

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Chair Back
The upholsterer originally covered the back of the chair with leather like that of the seat. The preferred leather was "russia" leather tanned near St. Petersburg. London merchants exported it to the colonies.

Chair Seat
The upholsterer purchased the leather and stuffed it with marsh grass. He also purchased the brass tacks that secured the leather to the chair.

Turned legs
John Amsden paid more for a chair with elaborately-finished front legs. Turners "turned" the legs of the chair on a lathe. The joiner "joined," or put the chair together by mortising and tenoning the rails and stiles.


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