Rehabilitating Some Old Victorian Dining Room Chairs

 

Our daughter, Charlotte, had 4 old Victorian chairs that had actually belonged to my Grandmother, Katie Magruder.  My wife, Betsy's  mother, Merle Rodgers, wound up with them when my Grandmother passed away.  Charlotte got them when we closed down Betsy's mother's house.  We think that these chairs actually belonged to my Great Grandmother, Alice Hunt Johnson but we can't validate that.  In any event they are from the 1860-1890 period.

As is the case with most cane bottom chairs from this period, the cane eventually needs to be replaced and Betsy's mother had them refinished and recaned around 1964 or so.  Charlotte enjoyed them for quite a while but eventually they needed recaning and two of the chairs had one of the rails split away from the rest of the chair right where the cane holes were.

I had caned a number of chairs recently and decided to take these 2 chairs on as a challenge.  The steps in restoration are shown below.

JPC, Sr. 9/2008

 

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This page last updated 11/05/2008