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Va. historic area acquires set of colonial chairs

Sunday - 7/15/2012, 1:52pm  ET

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Colonial Williamsburg has purchased two antique chairs used in the Colonial Capitol prior to the American Revolution.

Officials say the back stools are likely from a set of 12 ordered from England about 1750. The chairs made of carved mahogany and other woods and are upholstered in red silk and adorned with polished brass tacks.

The chairs were used in the Governor's Council Chamber of the Capitol. The council was made up of 12 elite Virginians who advised the governor on matters of concern to the entire colony. The matching armchair for the royal governor has been in the Colonial Williamsburg collection since 1930.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates and maintains the preserved 18th century site as an educational and tourist venue.

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