Published at Friday, March 30th, 2018 - 20:12:06 PM. Balloon Chair. By Flore Girault.
The 1870s and 80s saw predominantly balloon-back chairs with a variation or the bar-back -the ladder-back chair. The ladder-back chair, although not all that pretty to look at in comparison with the others previously discussed, is probably the sturdiest of all cedar dining chairs, excluding provincial manufactured chairs utilising peg construction methods and leg stretchers. The ladder-back chair has two horizontal back rails that are tenoned into the rear legs, giving both strength and comfort at small sacrifice to style. Even though there were many of this style of chair manufactured, we have repaired surprisingly few with any major damage. We have seen many examples of these, both hard-seated and upholstered versions, usually with turned front legs. Another point worthy of mention is that the back legs are straighter, relying on nature to its fullest with less short grain, giving greater mechanical strength following a straighter line and therefore resulting in a stronger chair.
Another factor that makes these chairs a good choice is the fact that they are easier to move around without being an encumbrance. For example, in an office setting, it is easier to push in and pull out armless chairs from the office table than it is to do so with a chair fitted with arms. A final point that should be mentioned is the affordability of these chairs relative to chairs fitted with arms of the same caliber; such upholstered chairs are definitely more affordable in this regard.
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