Unusual Tin-Clad Victorian Armchair
No this isn’t a high-end piece of Victoriana. This chair is “Rare” for another reason – that is not silver paint.
This Victorian-era chair is clad completely in Tin and appears to have been done so originally. I’ve never heard of this treatment for furniture before, but it must coincide with the tin ceiling tile era, which began mid-19th century when mass-produced sheets of tinplate became available and continued through it’s peak in the 1890s.
If you go to the listing you can see where a few of the seams have given way and expose the underlying wood. It’s hard to say whether the raised “carvings” are from stamped Tin or from the underlying wood with unembossed Tin having been stretched over it.
Won’t see another one like that for a while …