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condition: good
make / manufacturer: Mottville Chair Works

For sale are seven classic Mottville chairs, including rare adult and child rockers, a rare porch/arm chair and four side chairs. These Victorian era chairs have turned wood supports and were made in the late 1800s (see history below). All but one of these have woven cane seats. The two rockers and the arm chair have woven cane backs, while the side chairs have ladder backs. Wear is commensurate with age and they are in generally good condition. All but one appears to have the original finish and five of them are stamped "Mottville Chair Works - Mottville, N.Y.".

Buy the entire group for $1000, or separate pieces (see groups/prices below), or make an offer for the set or individual pieces. Included are:

1 Adult Rocking Chair with arms - $250
31" rockers, 43" cane back, 16" high herringbone cane seat (16½" d x 16-22" w)
Finish appears to be original. Stamped "Mottville Chair Works - Mottville, N.Y."

1 Child's Rocking Chair - $250
27" rockers, 34" cane back, 16" high herringbone cane seat (15" d x 15-18" w)
Finish appears to be original. Stamped "Mottville Chair Works - Mottville, N.Y."

1 Porch/Arm Chair - $250
37" cane back, 17" high herringbone cane seat (17½" d x 18-22" w)
Finish appears to be original.

2 Side Chairs - $200 for the two
34" ladder back, 18" high herringbone cane seat (16½" d x 14-17" w)
Finish appears to be original. Stamped "Mottville Chair Works - Mottville, N.Y." on back

1 Side Chair - $75
34" ladder back, 18" high herringbone cane seat (16½" d x 14-17" w)
Finish is a dark stain. Stamped "Mottville Chair Works - Mottville, N.Y." on back

1 Side Chair - $75
34" ladder back, 18" high woven crochet pattern seat (16½" d x 14-17" w)
Finish appears to be original.

MOTTVILLE CHAIRS - date to the late Victorian period and were manufactured at the factory, where locals could purchased the frames and take the chairs home to do their own rush or cane seating. Chairs were also sold complete according to advertisements of the period. These chairs built by Captain Frank A. Sinclair, who started the company after the Civil War, were marketed as "Common Sense Chairs and Rockers" and "Easy Chairs."

F. A. SINCLAIR - was born in Skaneateles in 1834, son of James Sinclair a woolen manufacturer. James was born in Paisley, Scotland, in 1804, and died in Skaneateles, NY in 1892. F. A. Sinclair learned the trade of chair making and started a shop at Mottville, NY in 1858. In 1862 he volunteered with the 138th Infantry, afterwards the 9th Heavy Artillery, and served two years and four months. He was wounded at Petersburg June 9, 1864. He was in the continuous engagements that took place that summer. He went out as a private and came back as a captain. He had four brothers that served in the war, and a remarkable fact is that they all returned from the war.

Sinclair resumed the business of chair making in 1865. He did all the work pertaining to his business, being boss, journeyman and everything himself. But through perseverance and energy he increased his business until he had from twenty-five to thirty men working for him, and extended his trade to all parts of the United States and Europe.

His goods secured a solid reputation, based on the fact that every piece of goods made by him was turned out upon honor, and it was stated by the dealers who handle his goods that not a single complain had ever been received. Mr. Sinclair won numerous medals for excellence in quality and stability of manufacture.

Source: Bruce, Dwight H. (Ed.), Onondaga's Centennial. Boston History Co., 1896, Vol. II, p. 242
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