The Old Merchants of New York City Volume 5

The Old Merchants of New York City Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... and Eve probably sat down upon something, --perhaps upon the broken limb of a tree, although the world was then so young, and Adam had no saw or knife, it is difficult to even conjecture where he found a limb of a tree or a stump. Probably he and his wife used stones for chairs. The old Romans and Greeks had chairs. The piano stool now in use is the lower part of the old Roman chair. Chairs were unknown in England in the reign of Alfred the Great, nine hundred years ago. He had nothing approaching a chair nearer than an oaken threelegged stool. on I own two chairs brought out from Holland in 1623. They have leathern backs. Many of them were in use in this city. Then there was the chair with the seat scooped out, and the back strengthened by round uprights. Then there was an old fashioned four post chair, with ends for slats and flags for the bottom. These were in use until about 1801. Then came the Winsdor chairs. They were not made in this city until sixty-five years ago, and then it was a regular business. Many names stand in the old Directories of New York--" John, Windsor chair maker." Then came mahogany chairs, sofas; and this species of chair making became a part of the business of a cabinet maker. Old Mr. Tweed was a fine-looking man, and always in good spirits. His habits were very regular. He was a thorough mechanic, and understood the manufacture of chairs in all its details. He came to his store before 8 o'clock. His first inquiry was for tobacco. He had a very respectable colored man, named William Dove, who was his porter for many years. He used to send Dove out for tobacco. "What did you pay for this?" "Three cents," would be the reply. "Why don't you pay two cents and sell it to me for three, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236644670
  • 9781236644671