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Collection Fort Nisqually Permanent Collection
Object ID Number 2004.06.01
Object Name Chair, Rocking
Description Armless rocking chair with rawhide lattice seat, remnants of black paint visible. Well worn, but in good condition. This chair was made by T.P. Speek, who had a farm on the Tenalquot Plain, twelve miles southeast of Olympia. Speek was making chairs in the 1860's and sold his business to E.B. Pressey in 1870. Speek chairs are readily identified by the three splats across the back and unique mitered corner seat to support the rawhide lattice.

This chair is typical of furniture owned by the laboring class of Hudson Bay Company employees, who lived and worked at Fort Nisqually or one of the Puget Sound Agricultural Company outstations. It also represents the early commercial manufacture of furniture in the Puget Sound region, and a move away from importing such goods from places like San Francisco and points East.
Date 1860-1870
Year Range from 1860.0
Year Range to 1870.0
People Speek, T.P.
Search Terms Rocking chair
T.P. Speek
Commercial furniture manufacture
Rawhide seat
Imagefile 006\20040601-2.JPG