Roundabout chair

This ca. 1750 Early American corner chair, or “roundabout”, was owned by Dover Quaker Elijah Estes (1721—1788) and his wife Sarah Hodgdon. The curved-back design became the most popular chair in the American colonies, known for its comfort and sturdy construction, its easy accommodation of full skirts, bulky coats or uniforms, its economy of space in small houses with large families, and even its stylish lines. It was also an ideal writing, reading, or desk chair. This roundabout passed through several generations of Estes descendants and, because Quakers believed that women could inherit property, it was always handed down to the eldest daughter.

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