Coolest Chair Ever – from Humboldt County

From the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley -

Legendary Humboldt County trapper Seth Kinman captured grizzlies and fashioned them into articulated chairs.  …

“This was intended to surpass all his previous efforts, and was made from two grizzly bears captured by Seth. The four legs and claws were those of a huge grizzly and the back and sides ornamented with immense claws. The seat was soft and exceedingly comfortable, but the great feature of the chair was that, by touching a cord, the head of the monster grizzly bear with jaws extended , would dart out in front from under the seat, snapping and gnashing its teeth as natural as life. This chair Seth presented to [President] Johnson, September 8, 1865.”

 

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