Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Special Needs Lead to Unusual Furniture

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Special Needs Lead to Unusual Furniture

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THE SICK and the elderly have always challenged furniture designers to create comfortable, usable chairs and beds, and many unusual chairs were created in the 1800s. Rocking chairs and reclining armchairs were probably the first popular forms. Chairs with separate gout stools that could be hooked in position were an early type of invalid chair; the stool was rectangular and held a painful leg in an elevated position. An 1876 iron-framed chair that was popular in the United States and Europe was made to adjust from chair to bed and could also be folded into a small unit for storage. Also, there were many types of wheelchairs.

One unusual English Victorian armchair appeared to be a traditional upholstered piece with a tufted back and padded arms. Closer examination showed that the arms could swing out and the front of the chair pulled forward, forming a footstool. The chair was equipped with brass wheels so it could be pushed across a room.

Dear Ralph and Terry: My coffee and tea set with art deco decorations was made by the Pearl China Company, U.S.A. According to the information on the bottom of the pieces, it was hand-decorated in 24-karat gold.

The Pearl China Company sold dishes made by other companies. Many of the pieces were made the Pioneer Pottery Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. The original company was selling dishes from about 1930 to 1958, and the name was later used for a pottery outlet store in East Liverpool. Deco-design dishes probably date from the early 1930s.

Dear Ralph and Terry: I just bought a pair of copper candlesticks. They are very modern looking. On the bottom there is a Sagittarius horse and archer and the name "Chase." Are they old? Who made them?

The Chase Brass and Copper Company started as a button-making business in 1837 in Waterbury, Conn. In 1875 the company was purchased by Augustus S. Chase. He changed its name to the Waterbury Manufacturing Company and continued making buttons, lamps, beds, harness ornaments and other brass objects. The company continued to expand, and from 1930 to 1942 made chrome serving pieces and decorative wares. Many important designers were hired to design their chrome wares.

The centaur mark was first used in 1928 and appears on the chrome and some decorative brass and copper pieces of similar design.


Dear Ralph and Terry: My mother has been giving me pieces of her Candlewick glassware. It used to be made in Ohio. I collect it and want to join a Candlewick club. Do you know anything about the rumors that another glass factory is making the pattern again?

Candlewick glass was originally made by the Imperial Glass Company of Bellaire, Ohio, in 1936. The glass was very popular and remained in production. In 1972 Imperial became a subsidiary of Lenox, Incorporated. It was sold to a private investor in 1981, then Consolidated International purchased some of the assets in 1984, and they sold some molds to Boyd Crystal Art Glass of Cambridge, Ohio. …

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