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Joined chair

Object number



Maker, attributed to John Elderkin, 1616?1687


42 1/2 22 1/4 19 1/4 in. (107.95 56.515 48.895 cm)



Current location

The Chipstone Foundation


Made in Rhode Island, or possibly made in Eastern Connecticut, or possibly made in Massachusetts
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Oak (primary); cherry, ash (secondary)




Nathan Waldo (1740–1834), Boston, Massachusetts, and Windham, Connecticut. Rev. John P. Cleveland, Providence, Rhode Island. Jane C. Austen; by descent to her daughter, Mrs. Paul Albert de Silva, Boston, by 1921. The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1992

Associated names

Father of Nathan Waldo
Nathan Waldo
Rev. John P. Cleveland D.D.
Mrs. Jane C. Austen
Mrs. Albert deSilva


Wallace Nutting, Furniture of the Pilgrim Century, 1620–1720 (Boston: Marshall Jones Company, 1921), 175–176, ill.
Wallace Nutting, Furniture of the Pilgrim Century 1620–1720 (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1924), 278, no. 295.
Robert F. Trent, "The Waldo Chair: A Monument of Early Connecticut Joinery," Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin 48, no. 4 (Fall 1983): 174–188, fig. 1, 2.
Peter Follansbee, "A Seventeenth-Century Carpenter's Conceit: The Waldo Family Joined Great Chair," American Furniture (1998): 197–214, fig. 1–2.
Ann Smart Martin, Makers and Users: American Decorative Arts, 1630–1820, from the Chipstone Collection, exh. cat. (Madison, Wis.: Elvehjem Museum of Art, 1999), 31, fig. 16.