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Five Slat, ladderback, fireside chair, c. 1700. Birch and ash
with turned mushroom armrests.
Believed made in Springfield. First owned by Peletiah Glover II,
(1665-1737) of Springfield, Mass., son of Springfield's second minister
Rev. Peletiah Glover.
Peletiah II deeded extensive properties to his sons, and the inventory
lists three great chairs. Son Thomas (1688-1775) moved to Wilbraham
(then the Outward Commons of Springfield) and c. 1740 built a house on
what is now Maple Street. In all likelyhood, the chair accompanied
Thomas to Wilbraham.
Thomas left his property to his nephew, John Glover (1753-1830), who
c.1780 built a house which stands today at 10 Maple Street.
The chair was found in the 1780 house which was purchased in 1836 by
John Baldwin (1803-1880), grandson of Rev. Moses Baldwin, minister of
Chair descended in the Baldwin family of Wilbraham through the mid
Acquired January 1998 by the Atheneum Society of Wilbraham. On display
at The Old Meeting House
Museum, 450 Main Street, Wilbraham.
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