This unusual stool is referred to as a barber stool. A customer would sit on the seat while getting his or her hair cut. The coin payment would be dropped into the money slot on the top of the seat.
The bench has 4 rounded legs that for the corners of the bench. The legs are angled outward so the bench tapers wider in both width and depth. Each leg is fastened to the seat with a double mortise and tenon joint. The ends of the tenons are visible on the top of the seat.
Each side of the bench is divided into 3 sections, progressively getting wider as they get closer to the bottom. Most of the sections are fixed panels, althoght the top section on the front side is a drawer, as is the bottom section of one side.
Between each of the sections is a support rail. The rails are tapered outward on the top and bottom edge an come to a pointed detail in the middle. The bottom rail on each side mortises into the legs.
Each side has a nicely shaped apron near the bottom between the legs. The front and back side have carvings on the aprons. The front and back apron mortises into the legs for structural support.
There is a brass plate around the money slot on the seat, as well as brass strapping around the seat and onto the legs. These straps appear to be more decorative than structural. The brass may have been added at a later date and may not be original to the piece.
This nice barber stool is finished in a dark green and makes a great accent piece in any room.
Antique Vintage Green Chinese Tapered Wood Barber Stool Bench
Wood: Elm / Mixed
Approx Age: 100, Qing Dynasty
Approx. Dimensions: 18″ Wide, 10-1/2″ Deep at base, 16″ Tall (Seat measures approx. 18″ x 5-1/2″)
SKU # RV-31862
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