Barber's chair, Confederate Men's Home
Barber's chair. Fancy woodwork. Seat, back and head rests are upholstered in floral-print fabric. Seat and backrest lean backward. Handrests in the shape of a bird. Oval metal plaque on the back states: Eugene Berninghaus, Novelty Manuf't'r, Cin'ti.O.
Historical Note: This barber's chair was used in the Confederate Men's Home, Austin, Texas, by veteran, Richard Allen, in 1900. Benjamin Richard Allen was born in Orange County, Texas in 1843. On May 7, 1862, Allen, at age 19, enlisted in the Confederate Army at Camp Kyle, where he was mustered into service in Company G of the 26th Texas Cavalry, DeBray's Brigade. Little of Allen's experiences in the war are known, but according to regimental histories, he reported to Galveston Island, where he and his fellow troops were employed in patrolling the coast. On January 1, 1863, the 26th Texas Cavalry took part in the battle that recaptured Galveston Island from the Union. On March 24, 1865, Allen and the 26th Texas were discharged. After the war, Allen moved to Heidenheimer, Bell County, Texas, where he was a farmer. In 1899, he applied for admittance into the Confederate Men's Home in Austin due to poor health. He moved in on August 8, 1900. Allen died on September 28, 1914, and was buried the next day in the Texas State Cemetery.
Date range of creation:
1895 to 1900
Texas Confederate Home for Men
Wood (plant material)
ATF0484, Artifacts collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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Size or duration:
25.6 in x 29.5 in x 47.2 in