Side Chair, Created by Lambert Hitchcock, 1825-1835

Summary

Inspired by the bustling clock industry in his native Connecticut, Lambert Hitchcock applied early mass production techniques to making furniture. Constructed using interchangeable parts made quickly by machine and easy to assemble, Hitchcock chairs were attractive, durable, and inexpensive. They became so popular in the 1820s that they were widely imitated by competitors.

Inspired by the bustling clock industry in his native Connecticut, Lambert Hitchcock applied early mass production techniques to making furniture. Constructed using interchangeable parts made quickly by machine and easy to assemble, Hitchcock chairs were attractive, durable, and inexpensive. They became so popular in the 1820s that they were widely imitated by competitors.

Artifact

Side chair

Date Made

1825-1835

Creators

Hitchcock, Lambert, 1795-1852 

Hitchcock Chair Factory 

Place of Creation

United States, Connecticut, Riverton 

Creator Notes

Made in Lambert Hitchcock's Riverton, Connecticut Hitchcock Chair Factory.

Fully Furnished
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Fully Furnished

Object ID

00.3.4586.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Hickory (Wood)
Maple (Wood)
Rush (Material)

Technique

Stenciling

Color

Black (Color)
Gold (Color)
Gray (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 34 in

Width: 17.125 in

Length: 18 in

Inscriptions

Stenciled: L. HITCHCOCK, HITCHCOCKSVILLE, CONN. WARRANTED

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