What Is It! #24

This is a captain’s chair. Most were intended for the naval officer’s cabin. It’s made of heavy oak. The curved back lip is of bent ewe which binds the parts together securely. The wide seat and outward angled legs discouraged sliding and tilting in rough seas while the officer is studying his maps.

They were made in England and Eastern seaboard probably from late 1700’s to the 19th Century. They became the favored seats in pubs and inns because of their sturdiness. Looking at images on 1stDibs and other sales sites, I’m guessing that mine was made in late 1800’s.

Please comment if you have any information.



(Editor’s note: Palisades resident Howard Yonet has an interesting collection of curios from around the world and with his permission, Circling the News is publishing one a week. About the collector: Dr. Howard Yonet was born in Brooklyn in 1934 and attended Brooklyn College. He went to Baylor Medical School and then returned to do an internship at Bellevue Hospital. Yonet completed his residency at the Manhattan V.A. and the Montefiore Hospital. During this time he went skiing in Vermont and the Catskills, and while traveling found barns filled with early American pieces. This led to his interest in American Antiques.

In 1965, he married Daniele, who was originally from Nancy, France. During the Vietnam War, Yonet was drafted as a medical officer and stationed in Landstuhl, Germany (1966-1969). This was close to the French border, which meant he and Daniele and could visit her family.

While abroad, the Yonets took weekend trips through France and Italy, purchasing many interesting pieces at flea markets.

The family settled in Pacific Palisades in 1970 and Yonet practiced general radiology until 2006. He continued to acquire antiques and collectables at estate and garage sales and the Salvation Army Store. He also enjoyed looking for collectibles while traveling in Montana, Idaho, Colorado and Massachusetts. Daniele’s family helped add to his collection.)












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2 Responses to What Is It! #24

  1. M says:

    Wonderful! I love the details and history Howard provides with each item he shares with us.
    Thank you, Howard

  2. Shirley Coleman says:

    More likely made of bent yew!!

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