A sofa or settle from Saint John County, New Brunswick. Provenance: Vaughn Family (shipbuilders), 232 Main Street Saint Martins, New Brunswick (now the "Fundy Special Care Home"). This early C.1850s Eastern-Canadian sofa shares all the characteristics of "museum-quality". You won't find another. This "bench with arms" was a common form in the Germanic and Welsh tradition. This arrow-head spindled version with flared side posts not only has pizazz and elegance - but also comes with an interesting story: notice how one spindle is deliberately inverted. This is a built-in flaw demonstrating the Christian tradition that, "Only God is perfection".
Condition: The remarkable mortise and tendon construction has been reinforced underneath with two supporting steel "L" brackets (as in photos). The cushion is a later replacement from what was likely oil-cloth.
Measures: 82.5" wide x 30" high x 26" deep