A very rare Cape of Good Hope, South African stinkwood military court martial or officers mess chair

A very rare Cape of Good Hope, South African stinkwood military court martial or officers mess chair

1800 to 1900 South Africa

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A very rare Cape of Good Hope, South African stinkwood military court martial or officers mess chair
Circa 1830-1840

Size: 83cm high


Originally the Dutch East India Company envisaged the Southern tip of

Africa as 'a rendezvous and strong-hold'. A meeting place for the ships

engaged in the lucrative trade between the Netherlands and Batavia, and

a fort to protect it.


By 1750 the Cape Colony comprised 47,000 people, over half of whom were

slaves. A distinctive colonial culture began to appear in local

architecture and furniture making. In 1806 when the British took over

the Cape, the area had already made a substantial contribution to the

cultural heritage of South Africa.


This chair has been described as an officer's mess chair as, without

the left arm, it allowed the sitter in full dress uniform to wear a

sword, or more possibly it is a court martial chair so the accused

could be seated in full military attire.


Stinkwood is particularly resilient to pests and is indigenous to South

Africa. The underside of the seat is made of rawhide straps, which was

a device used solely at the Cape.
















Dimensions
Height 83.00 cm (32.68 inches)
Medium
Wood and leather
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