Slave-made chair

Slave-made chair
1830, 1860
Chair made by slaves from Ridgley Plantation near Florence, South Carolina. The chair is made with mortise and tenon joints reinforced with square nails. The seat is of animal skin. Evidence that the legs of the chair have been shortened indicates that it was a slave's chair. Slaves were not permitted to sit higher than the master or his children.
Walter Pantovic Artifact Collection
Contributing Institution:
Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
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Topical Subject:
African Americans--Material culture--South Carolina--19th century, Furniture--South Carolina--19th century, Plantations--South Carolina--Florence County, Slaves--Homes and haunts--South Carolina--Florence County, Slaves--South Carolina--Social conditions--19th century
Geographic Subject:
Southern States, South Atlantic States, South Carolina, Florence (S.C.)
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Material Type:
Slaves (people), Slave quarters, Chairs (furniture forms), Mortise-and-tenon joints
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Digitization Specifications:
300 dpi; Nikon D80 camera; archival images in .tif and .nef formats.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital image copyright 2010, The College of Charleston Libraries. All rights reserved. For more information contact The College of Charleston Library, Charleston, SC 29424.