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Photo: Courtesy Newport Historical Society, R.I., Gift of Mrs. P. J. Stevens, Jr., inv. no. 77.5.1; photo by Rhode Island Furniture Archive
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Side chair

Object number



Maker Unknown


38 21 in. (96.5 53.3 cm)



Current location

Newport Historical Society


Probably made in Boston, Massachusetts, formerly said to have been made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (rear seat rail)


By descent in the Hazard family, Newport, Rhode Island; Peyton Hazard; Mrs. P. J. Stevens, Jr.; given to the Newport Historical Society, 1977

Associated names

Peyton Hazard
Edith S. Stevens


The serpentine, flat-fronted, rounded-back crest rail centers a large shell carving. Tenoned into the crest is a solid vasiform splat with chamfered back, set into the top of a single-piece shoe fixed with wood-filled fasteners to the rear seat rail below. Also tenoned into the crestrail are serpentine flat-fronted stiles, rounded at the back, then chamfered, then square at the seat rail, then chamfered below, then square and raking rearward. The rear seat rail is tenoned into the stiles; the joints have been repaired. The side rails, with slightly rounded tops and flat-arched skirts, are tenoned and single-wood-pinned to the stiles. The rear stretcher is doweled into them, and the blocked and turned side stretchers are tenoned and single-wood-pinned into them. The blocked and turned medial stretcher is tenoned into the side stretchers, which is tenoned into the front legs; neither joints have wood pins. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, March 26, 2014; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

See also


Joseph K. Ott, Daniel Snydacker, and Deborah Walker, "Masterpieces of Simplicity: Newport Desks and Chairs, 1740–1780," Newport History: Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society 60 (Fall II 1987): 181, ill.