Wingchairs in the William and Mary style

These red damask wingchairs draw your attention when you enter the Great Hall. Although they have been on display at Rough Point for a century (according to a 1925 inventory of Rough Point, there were four “red damask wing back armchairs” in the Great Hall), they may be much older than that! Recent re-upholstery work revealed some intriguing clues to the history of these objects—and a mystery. They are crafted in the “William and Mary” style popular in the late-1600s, and the frames may be that old, but in the 1970s major parts of the interiors were reconstructed and the chairs were reupholstered.