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Object ID # 2017.039.001
Object Name Chair, Dining
Title Arm Chair from the North American Bent Chair Co. Ltd.
Year Range from 1920
Year Range to 1945
Artist North American Bent Chair Company Limited
Made North American Bent Chair Company Limited
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County
Description A dark brown-finished oak wood arm chair, that has the darkened remnant of a North American Bent Chair Co. Ltd. paper label on the underside. The chair might have been a dining chair (dining suites used to have an arm chair for the head of the table), or it might have been an office chair. It has a slightly shaped seat. The seat back has two curving plain slats (not straight, but curved top and bottom). There are convex wooden plugs to hide the slotted screw heads on the exterior (one is missing now). The shaped feet do not have castors or metal, just blunt wooden ends. One leg was glue-mended in the past. The 5 stretchers are rounded, narrowing at the tenon ends. There is one front stretcher, and then two side stretchers hold two inner stretchers.
Makers mark Black-printed paper label (now hard to read) has BENT CHAIR visible
Provenance Manufactured in Owen Sound, Grey County, prior to 1945, by the North American Bent Chair Co. Limited (established c. 1891-1892).

Unknown provenance after that. A donor left it at Grey Roots Museum sometime around 2017 without providing any information.
Collection Furniture, 20th-c Collection
Material Wood/Finish/Metal/Glue
Dimensions H-95 W-66 L-55 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario?
People Hay, Archibald B.
Hay, James Merritt
Hay, W. G.
Hay, John G.
Subjects Furniture
Furniture industry
Seating furniture
Search Terms Owen Sound Industries and Products
North American Bent Chair Company
Function An item of factory-made seating furniture, made at Owen Sound prior to 1945. It might have been part of a dining suite, as they often had a wooden chair with arms for the person seated at the head of the table. Or it might have been intended as an office chair?