Rare Victorian - Anyone Seen a Louis Ostlund Chair?

Anyone Seen a Louis Ostlund Chair?

louis ostlund chair Anyone Seen a Louis Ostlund Chair?

Paul Tucker contacted me to ask whether any of the Rare Victorian readers had ever encountered one of these 1894 patent Louis Ostlund chairs. Please comment at the bottom of this post if you have ever encountered one.

louis ostlund chair Anyone Seen a Louis Ostlund Chair?

SPECIFICATION forming part of Design No. 23,425, dated July 3, 1894.
Application filed May 28,1894. Serial No. 512,801. Term of patent 3 1/2 years,

To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, LOUIS OSTLUND, a citizen of the United States, residing at New London, in the county of Kandiyohi and State of Minnesota, have invented a certain new and original Design for Chairs, Seats, and Similar Articles; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.

This invention relates to a new and original design for chairs and analogous articles in which the leading feature is a bird with outspread wings constituting the back, a spreading tail forming the seat, and a rear
ornamental projection, as the head of an elephant, on which the bird is perched, as shown in the accompanying drawings, in which Figure 1 is a front elevation of a chair showing my design. Fig. 2 is a side elevation.

The frame A is shown mounted upon rockers D. The body of tho bird C with outspread wings D constitutes the back. The spreading tail E forms the seat or bottom. The rear ornamental projection G, represents
an elephant’s head with elevated trunk. The component parts, or elements of the wings and tail approximate the form and represent feathers in the position which they will assume in spreading wings of fowl.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is-

The design for a chair or analogous article substantially as herein shown and described.

In testimony whereof I affix. my signature in presence of two witnesses.


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  • woodwright - June 9, 2008

    You’ve got to wonder what the guy was smoking when he designed this chair. Pretty whimsical – doesn’t look like it would be a big seller, but you never know. A good place to check would be with the Historical Society local to New London, Minnesota (the address he gave when applying for the patent). They might know if it was ever produced – they might even have one, or know of ones existance. woodwright

  • Paul Tucker - June 10, 2008

    I checked with the local historical society, newspapers, and even called some Ostlunds in the phone book. No one knew anything about the chair or Louis.

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