What happened to all of the wonderful things that were once associated with the Stotesburys?


Mr. Stotesbury's Bedroom Chair at Whitemarsh Hall


In 1921, Mr. Stotesbury had two upholstered chairs in his finely but efficiently furnished bedroom at Whitemarsh Hall. The household inventories from that year and from 1925 described them as "One large Mahogany Empire Style Easy Chair covered in Green figured Damask (value $341)" and "One large Mahogany Empire Style Easy Chair covered in Red figured Damask (value $339)."


Photo Source: Springfield Township Historical Society

Both of these chairs ended up in the possession of E.T. Stotesbury's personal physician Dr. Rehfuss after Mr. Stotesbury's death in 1938. It eventually became the property of his office nurse, but it fell into disrepair as it passed into storage for the benefit of her descendants.

Photo Source: Private Collection

Fortunately, it was rescued by someone who recognized its history and who was able to restore the chair to its former elegance. It now is back in use in a home in Philadelphia.


Photo Source: Private Collection













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