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Object Name Chair
Catalog Number 1989.9.6
Maker Frankfort Penitentiary
Date 1891-1929
Material(s) Wood;
Dimensions H-34 W-18.75 D-16.5 inches
Description This ladderback chair has three curved slats mortised into the back supports. It has tapering feet and rounded tops on the legs. The back posts are flattened on the face. There are three plain turned stretchers on each side. The cane seat is woven around the top stretchers. There are yellow pinstripes traced around the flattened face of the posts as well as the down slats, as well as beneath the stretcher mortise on the front legs and around the middle front stretcher.
Notes Attributed by the vender to the Frankfort Penitentiary. In 1891 the new state constitution restricted prison labor to the prison grounds after decades of abuse. Contractors expanded operations inside prisons at Frankfort and Eddyville, concentrating on assembly-line manufactures of shoes, shirts, chairs, brooms, and leather goods. The system collapsed in 1929 when organized labor forced passage of the Hawes-Cooper Act which allowed states to block import of prison-made goods which competed with free laborers.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Frankfort Penitentiary
Subjects Chairs
Prison facilities
Prison laborers
Furniture industry
Search Terms Frankfort Penitentiary
Prison Industries
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS