Folk Art Soldier's Home Paint Decorated Footstool
Found on a Maine Antiquing Trip
Circa 1880s: This patriotic footstool was made in a Soldier's Home by a disabled Union veteran of the Civil War, retains its original polychromatic painted surface, and measures in the neighborhood of 12" wide and 10" tall. The Dictionary of American History explains that "On 3 March 1865 Congress created the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, an agency to provide a place of residence, complete medical treatment, and hospital care. On 21 March 1866, Congress amended the original act. The first home under its auspices opened in Augusta, Maine, and soon thereafter, others were established in Dayton, Ohio; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Hampton, Virginia." Becasue this footstool was found in Maine, it is most probable that it was made in Augusta at the National Home.
Folk Art Soldier's Home
Paint Decorated Footstool