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  • MEASUREMENTS: 48"H x 22"W


Rocking chair. Dark-stained. Windsor type or "turned" chair with "saddle" form, scroll edge seat, and spindle back. Arms have scrolled ends and are supported by two balusters or "lists" on each side. Inscribed beneath seat: "C.R. Wilder/New York/B.L.F." Handwritten letter pasted beneath the seat reads: "Lorenzo de Zavalla's chair. In Dec. 1836 General Zavalla's widow, Emily de Zavala, decided to take her family to New York. She offered her household goods for sale. My mother, Mrs. Jane Harris, purchased most of them. This chair, [was] 'the last one he ever sat on,' his widow remarked with tears in her eyes. My mother said she should have it back when she returned, but she did not ask for it. I also have two candle shades and some gold lace that he wore at the court of Louis Phillipe. Mary H. Briscoe."


Chair belonged to Lorenzo de Zavala, donor's grandfather, and was brought by him to Texas from New York in 1835. It was used in Zavala's home opposite the San Jacinto Battlefield across Buffalo Bayou.

  • CREDIT LINE: Zavala, Adina de

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