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I've been thinking about a particular chair style that I saw in a museum many years ago. I think it would be a style from around 150 years ago. It was a style that accommodated men wearing long tailed coats which were popular up to and maybe past the time when Lincoln was president. These chairs only had an arm on one side of the chair so that the tails on the coat could be hung over the other side rather than forcing the wearer to sit on them. It seems to me that it was common to adorn the split in the tails with large buttons which would have made them uncomfortable to sit on. Does anyone know a name for that chair and where I might find pictures?

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Chuck,,, you thinking of an officers chair? Only one arm, used to allow an officers sword to hang off to the side of the chair

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Looked a lot and only found one type of one armed chair, it is called a ladies chair. Low slung so ladies can remove their shoes without bending over into an unflattering position.

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When sitting in a tailed coat do not divide the tails but carefully place them over the side or back of the chair.

Of course, way back when men often carried two single shot pistols in the inside pockets of the tails, they likely did not adhere to this.

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Stick I saw that link when I searched but that wasn't it. I think Bill might have got it right. In trying to remember when and where I saw it I think it might have been on a school field trip to Montgomery, Alabama in the early 60s when we visited a museum dedicated to artifacts from the Confederate States of America. Some of the artifacts were uniforms which may have included swords so that may have been what it was designed for and I might have gotten the long tails part from some other reference like Theo gave.

The design of the chair was fairly simple as in Bill's link but in my memory I thought I saw it as padded.

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I just realized too that the chair in Bill's link was designed to accommodate a right handed man. A right handed man would have worn his sword on his left side. I wonder if there any left handed versions?

I was thinking of making one because my rotator cups are worn which can make getting up harder when they are really sore. Being able to swing one leg around would help get it more under my center of gravity so I don't need to use my shoulders so much.

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Here is what I found,
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...I was thinking of making one because my rotator cups are worn which can make getting up harder when they are really sore. Being able to swing one leg around would help get it more under my center of gravity so I don't need to use my shoulders so much.
Now that sounds like a very good idea. I suppose you could make nearly any style chair, but place only one arm on it. I'd choose a pretty substantial style since you're going to put your full weight on it when standing up.
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Is this what you were looking for. Known as an officers chair
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