Genuine American antique 1860's wood saddle stool by Wisconsin Manufacturing Company. One of the first companies to form in Jefferson, see the history below.
The original label can still be seen on the bottom of the chair .
Missing one wooden rod on the base and it looks like the top of the seat was once upholstered in leather ? The brass pins are still there on the side. But still a very attractive and unique piece of history. $65 Cash
The Wisconsin Manufacturing Company was organized in 1856. It was the outgrowth of an extensive furniture factory which had been started several years before Clark, Cole & Ostrander. The manufacture of beds and chairs was first undertaken in a building later used as a barn, while motive power was supplied by horses. Jones & McLean were the proprietors at this time, but shortly went west and the Waldo brothers with O.C. Cole, took up the business at the corner of Main and Dodge Streets. Early in 1856 Mr. Cole became associated with Clark and Ostrander and at the end of the year they constructed a building at the end of the Milwaukee Street Bridge. The firm weathered the financial panic of 1857, despite the fact that all their productions had to be hauled by wagon to Madison and Whitewater for transportation to outside markets. In 1866 the growth of the business necessitated the enlargement of the working facilities and, also at this time, the business was reorganized and a stock company formed. The output of this factory, which is principally chairs, was one of the most important industries of Jefferson County.
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