A. G. Case, 1803/4–1875


Occupation

Windsor chairmaker

Place of work

Providence, Rhode Island

Place of birth

Westport, Massachusetts

Place of death

Cranston, Rhode Island

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Biography

A large set of Windsor chairs survive with the Brand "A.G. CASE." The identity of this maker remains unknown, though scholars have put forth two possible identities.(1) The first is Asahel Case (1769–1828) of Norwich, Connecticut. In March 1790, Asahel married Rosanna Sloan. Together they would have six childred; Abby (born 1792), Asahel (born 1794), Eleanor (born 1796), Mary (born 1800), Loisa (1802-1807), and Luther (born 1804).(2) The second possible identity is Allen G. Case, a Providence house carpenter working from 1826 through the 1850s. He married Roby Allen in 1825 in Westport, Massachusetts, and they had a son Edwin Case (c. 1829–1888). He still lived in Westport, Massachusetts in 1831 when his daughter Abby Eliza (1831–1833) was born.(3) Neither identity is fully satisfactory. The chairs are of a form not associated with Norwich, Connecticut, chairs and are stylistically too early to have been made by Allen G. Case.

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1. Nancy Goyne Evans, "Politics, Enterprise, and Design: The Nature and Influence of Windsor Chairmaking in Early Federal Rhode Island," American Furniture (1999): 77.

2. Vital Records of Norwich Connecticut, 1659–1848, http://www.NewEnglandAncestors.org.

3. Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850, http://www.NewEnglandAncestors.org.