This painted, Pennsylvania, plank-seated bench is the only example I have seen in this unusual form. Made of white pine with cut-nailed construction, the plank sides are angled and grooved so that the plank back could be mortised in a canted position. These terminate in reverse sweetheart, bootjack feet. Carriage bolts were employed at the top of each mortise for extra stability. There is a narrow, flat ledge along the crest and a rectangular apron is mortised beneath the seat.
Of probable Amish or Mennonite origin, the bench exhibits the sort of simplistic elegance and practical design more common to rural New England and to Shaker communities.
The original painted surface is dry and untouched, in a color that one might call putty, but with salmon or lavender undertones that make it especially attractive. Made circa 1870-80.
Condition: Minor, expected wear.
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|Measurements||32" tall x 72.25" long x 17" deep|
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