This Windsor armchair was created by Grand Rapids' first cabinet maker, William "Deacon" Haldane, and is one of the only pieces of furniture known to have been made by him. It has a hoop-back with 10 plain spindles above a shaped seat. It also has turned arm supports as well as splayed turned legs with Pennsylvania-type feet. The front stretchers are turned while the rest are plain.
This chair is featured on page 22 of Grand Rapids Furniture: The Story of America's Furniture City by Christian G. Carron, accession number 2020.1.33.
This chair was donated by Mrs. Dudley E. Waters to the Grand Rapids Furniture Museum who later donated its collection to the Grand Rapids Public Museum in 1959.
Marks and Labels
-"041": Red label on the underside of the seat
-"WATERS": Stenciled in white on the underside of the seat
Oak, Hickory, Maple, Poplar
34" h 21.25" w 19" d
Current Location Status:
Gift of the Grand Rapids Furniture Museum via Mrs. Dudley E. Waters
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William Deacon HaldaneGrand Rapids Furniture MuseumThe Grand Rapids Furniture Museum opened in 1936 and was located at 427 Fulton Street. In 1959, the Museum closed and its collection was transferred to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Mrs. Dudley E. Waters