That's the Chinoiserie design elements at work. The term and style came into being during the early and mid-Victorian years, and here is is represented in its original state.
The turned oak legs are in a faux bamboo style. Leather arm straps and old nail heads studding the upholstery in the seat are excellent design elements. Thick iron straps form a primitive but very clever mechanism underneath the seat for folding the chair securely.
The chair has been reupholstered in the last 60 years in a black vinyl.
About 36-1/2" high unfolded, and 46" folded and 22-3/4" wide.
OK, you know that place online? The 'most beautiful' etc. place with the prices to match? Search their 'campaign chair' entries to find this EXACT chair, for $3,250, only restored and in leather. Wow, blew me away just now.
Well, I am not a New York or Beverly Hills dealer, and this chair is not restored to mint condition.
But it is in decent condition. On this one, there is some finish wear showing as scratches and scrapes on the oak. One of the brass endcaps from the top is missing. It's possible it could turn up around here in the next year, if so I'll send it one, but I don't know. One of the "C" shaped iron bars on the bottom has come unscrewed on one side. And there is a chip in the wood of one leg by a stretcher, about 1/2" or so.
So this campaign chair need some finish restoration or refinishing, a touch of wood cosmetic work, a brass endcap, and leather upholstery to make it original.
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