May 20, 2014

An Antique Kentucky Baby Chair

We have a very old Kentucky high chair…
and it is a family piece from my husband's side of the family. 

Isn't it lovely. 

This particular chair was used by my husband’s father, and his siblings. My father-in-law was born in 1914, and he was the fourth of six children. We will just go with  early nineteen hundreds to date this little high-chair, though it could be older. 

Families tended to pass things down over time. This little chair lived in the home of a Kentucky farmer and his wife.

If you look closely you can see small iron brackets on the arms…so I would guess that there was a tray of some sort that attached. 
Nothing has been done to the chair in terms of restoration. 

My father-in-law came home one day with his mother’s old egg basket and the family high-chair. You can see the scuff marks on the chair from that bunch of kids who used the chair one after the other. I guess you could call those character marks. 

My husband has no plans to change the chair one little bit. We have it as a reminder of his dad…who passed away right after hubby finished law school. His dad was so proud of him. The chair will be passed down to one of our children…to keep the provenance of the piece alive.

Enough chatting….take a look at our family treasure. It looks handmade when you get close. It was no doubt made by loving hands. That is a mystery though. 

The chair may look at little rough. The finish is worn off, and one arm wiggles a little. But we love the chair because it was used by my husband’s father as well as  aunts and uncles.

I bet you have special family pieces too…the kind that tell family stories. They are priceless! Be sure to tell your children those stories so that they do not get lost with the passing of generations.
Thanks for visiting…and come back often.

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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