Alfred Chairs


Chilton Furniture, The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community and Tappan Chairs Announce a Historic Partnership

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Chilton Furniture is proud to be partnering with the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community in New Gloucester, Maine and Tappan Chairs of Sandwich, New Hampshire to re-introduce two iconic Shaker chairs. The originals — a side chair and rocking chair, both with tall, bent ladder-backs — were crafted in the Alfred, Maine Shaker Community between 1830 and 1850 (the Alfred Shakers moved to Sabbathday Lake in 1931). This partnership is unique in the history of Shaker furniture as this is the first time that the Shaker community in Maine has collaborated with an outside manufacturer to produce one of its iconic chairs.

Brother Arnold Hadd and Adam Nudd-Homeyer examine one of the original Alfred Chairs and discuss paint selection. Photo: Sean Hurley

Brother Arnold Hadd and Adam Nudd-Homeyer examine one of the original Alfred Chairs and discuss paint selection. Photo: Sean Hurley

Under the skilled craftsmanship of Adam Nudd-Homeyer of Tappan Chairs, the Alfreds are re-entering production using many of the same 19th century processes and techniques that the original Shakers used. Tappan Chairs is crafting these pieces not as copies—but rather, in the spirit of a continuation of the original production. Quality control has been supervised by the Shakers of Sabbathday Lake. Each chair will be individually numbered and stamped with the Shaker brand. Chairs will be built with the goal of meeting demand; however, because each piece is hand-made, total production at Tappan Chairs is limited to 250 pieces per year.

Adam Nudd-Homeyer and Brother Arnold Hadd weaving seats on the Alfred Chairs. Photo: United Society of Shakers
Adam Nudd-Homeyer and Brother Arnold Hadd weaving seats on the Alfred Chairs. Photo: United Society of Shakers

 

Tappan Chairs is a nearly 200 year old New England chair making business that began producing its own line of ladder back chairs in the same period that the original Alfred Chairs were created. Production at Tappan Chairs has continued ever since, employing a variety of equipment accumulated over two centuries of production, including a pair of 19th century lathes used by the earliest makers to turn chair posts.

Brother Arnold Hadd and Adam Nudd-Homeyer with the original and “new generation” of Alfred Chairs. Photo: United Society of Shakers
Brother Arnold Hadd and Adam Nudd-Homeyer with the original and “new generation” of Alfred Chairs. Photo: United Society of Shakers

 

Chilton is proud to partner with Sabbathday Lake and Tappan Chairs to reintroduce these Alfred Village Shaker Chairs to the modern world so that everyone may once again enjoy the elegance and grace of the authentic Shaker aesthetic—not in a museum, but right at home. A portion of the proceeds from every chair sold will go to support Sabbathday Lake.

Sabbathday Lake was established in 1783 and Tappan Chairs and Chilton Furniture both have roots dating back more than a century. All three institutions share a reverence for traditional furniture-making techniques. More information about Sabbathday Lake and Tappan Chairs can be found at www.maineshakers.com and at www.tappanchairs.com.

Left to right: Michael Graham, director, United Society of Shakers; Nate Gobeil, Chilton Furniture; Brother Arnold Hadd (seated in the Alfred Side Chair prototype); Adam Nudd-Homeyer, Tappan Chairs. Photo: Sean Hurley
Left to right: Michael Graham, director, United Society of Shakers; Nate Gobeil, Chilton Furniture; Brother Arnold Hadd (seated in the Alfred Side Chair prototype); Adam Nudd-Homeyer, Tappan Chairs. Photo: Sean Hurley

White Glove Delivery

Chilton offers nation-wide white glove delivery service, which means that your furniture will be carefully blanket wrapped, transported to your home, carried inside, and assembled, as needed. Your charge is a flat rate based upon delivery distance from Maine, and includes an unlimited number of pieces (a particularly good value for larger orders). For single item orders of smaller pieces, please call to inquire whether common carrier shipping is available. Delivery times can take between two and nine weeks, depending on location and distance from our Maine warehouse. For deliveries to Alaska, Hawaii, or otherwise outside of the continental US, please call our showrooms to inquire about delivery options.

We are currently offering a free or reduced delivery offer for larger orders.  Please see details below.*

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"The delivery service was wonderful. All the furniture was wrapped to protect it from any damage. Chris and Chad did a great job unwrapping and carefully assembled and set everything up where we wanted it ... They did a great clean up afterwards. They made sure that we were happy with the furniture and its positioning before they would leave. Thank you!" - Tom & Cathy K.
 
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Delivery Costs for Lighting and Home Accessories

When lighting and home accessories are ordered along with furniture, the delivery expense is included in the cost of the furniture delivery. When ordered separately, the delivery cost for lighting is a flat $45 for an unlimited number of lighting pieces. The delivery cost for smaller home accessories is $9.95. For larger home accessories ordered separately that can be shipped by common carrier, please call for a quote.