Shows that it originally had a caned seat,
I wish I knew caning or could schedule time to learn! I have in storage an original Thonet bench that I refuse to upholster over the broken caned back,
But this little rocker was upholstered over ages ago with a resilient curled hair pad with cotton over webbing + burlap,
I'll redo it the same and finally reupholster with Lelievre's Aubusson in color Rubis,
A fitting replacement for the antique cotton and silk brocade that I'll reserve for the customer.
Wasn't the old brocade gorgeous?
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One more thing - look how good old nails were - smaller and slimmer
The ones available for use today are fatter and thicker - not as nice for holding fine fabrics to frames - but most people would be using staples ...
I'll keep the old nails. Waste not want not and I actually did have a request from a senior do-it-yourselfer recently for the finer nails. I shared with her from my stockpile. Yep. That's what I'm here for.
No, I did not like nailing this close to the edge of caned holes but I didn't want to go too far out either, especially with the detailed carving of the chair.
It really is a lovely little piece though. Here's where it lives:
Location:E Lake St,Minneapolis,United States