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Think about It
This chair was one of several in a set that included side chairs and a settee that was used at the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg. It has a leather seat that can be removed. Why? Well that’s the secret. Beneath the leather seat is an opening with a pot in it. Can you guess what is was used for? A toilet!
See it in person
You can see the “Corner Chair” in the “Upholstery CSI: Reading the Evidence” exhibition. And while you are there you can sit on a reproduction of the chair and look underneath the seat!Learn More
Where would you keep a commode chair in your house? Be sure to choose a room that is “private,” a room that people don’t often visit.