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The Westport Chair

Designed by Thomas Lee

Exceptionally unusual iteration of the Westport chair manufactured by Harry C. Bunnell of Westport, NY (also the patentee), was touted at its introduction as an improvement of the earlier patented (1906) Adirondack Bungalow chair. This version, patented (1922), being described as a ‘Convertible’ chair “…with novel features of construction” allowing it to easily convert from a stationary chair to a rocker by the rather ingenious method of simply raising a hinged solid panel behind the seat and setting it on the back’s cross brace which is notched to accommodate it. An eye hook fastens it securely to the chair’s back. The lifting of the panel raises the back half of the rockers off the floor eliminating the arc of the rockers that allowed it to rock. Also unique to this model cross brace rests on the floor affixed to the rear of the Westport’s distinctive side supports adding stability to the rear of the chairs when the rockers are raised. This unique cross brace is repeated on the Convertible chair’s companion, fixed position, chair solely to augment the optics that the rocker has a matching stationary chair to make a pair, a common marketing trait at the time. The paired stationary mate to this rocker is presently available in red being offered separately as inventory No.13813

Designed By Thomas Lee, 1904

Made by Harry Bunnell, Unknown

Materials: Wood

Colors: Green

Dimensions: 39.5"W 39.5"D 37.25"H 24.5"Arm 16"Seat


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