CONFEDERATE CAMP CHAIR, ca. 1862 Gold gilt stenciled name on back of shoulder rest reading: "F. C. Roberts."
F.C. Roberts served in the Confederate 5th Regiment of the North Carolina Cavalry and achieved the rank of Captain (only officers received chairs as the constant mobility of a military unit meant keeping pleasantries for most to a minimum). Roberts' wife was also supportive of the cause for North Carolina's secession. Mrs. F. C. Roberts (Lavinia Ellis Cole), is known as being one of the ladies who had hand-sewn a Confederate secession flag so large that they had to stretch it out in the Masonic Hall to sew it. It was presented to the guardians at Fort Macon in 1861. Also, she is author of: HISTORICAL INCIDENTS. What ‘Our Women in the War’ Did and Suffered, ”...a documentary of a wife taking over the plantation and fleeing with slaves, minimal belongings, etc. to start a new Southern life beyond Sherman's great destructive March to the Sea. This 14 page booklet, which is in the collection of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, describes her daily life and the hardships she faced during the Civil War. Eventually, Captain Roberts returned home, but of quite ill health. The chair is an important North Carolina Confederate artifact found in 2011 in Pennsylvania.
Approximate total height when unfolded is 30" from top of shoulder-rest to floor. Seat dimensions are 16" X 16". Height from seat to floor is about 16". Condition: as found, untouched with original finish of darkened shellac. Gold gilt stenciled owner's name is difficult to see unless viewed in light where it's spelling is quite clear. (Information regarding Roberts family is easily available with quick online research.) Scuffs, dings and abrasions as expected. Original hand-peened rivets on horizontal dowels which have been later reinforced with multiple 20th century wire nails. Also, scattered wire nail reinforcements. Appears to be the original jacquard woven carpet seat.