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Settee with Masonic Symbols
1800-1810
Maker not researched
USA: New England, New Hampshire (probably)
Beech, hickory, paint
overall: 35 x 54 1/2 x 18 in.; 88.9 x 138.43 x 45.72 cm
Acquired through the generosity of Helen R. Deffenbaugh in memory of George S. Deffenbaugh and Special Acquisitions Fund
87.38

Masonic Windsor-style settee has old brown paint; painted Masonic square and compasses in gold and black on back splat; spindle legs.


In the early decades of the 1800s, wooden furniture fashioned to look like bamboo enjoyed great popularity. Some decades after it was made, this once-stylish settee was likely moved from a home to a Masonic lodge. To update the settee a painter added grain-painted decoration and two gold-and-black square-and-compasses symbols.



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