What is this?
Everything in that case is made of materials that were innovative or unusual at the time! That armchair is made of cast iron and it incorporates a design of plant leaves. Can you see them? Behind it, you'll see a small table made from 42 animal horns!
I think I have an arm chair like that one at home!
The 1880s was a time of prosperity for the United States, and the expanding middle class and upper middle class were buying furniture for their newly built homes. Furniture manufacturers catered to this new market by coming up with surprising materials and new designs.
How will I know if it is authentic, from the time period?
If you were curious, you'd need to contact a professional appraiser who specializes in furniture.
Tell me more.
These pieces of furniture were remarkable for being made from new and unusual materials. The armchair is made from cast iron, an innovative material for furniture in the early 20th century that allowed for ornate and open designs. Plants and nature were a common inspiration in the Art Nouveau movement. Behind it, there is a table made from 42 bull horns!