Wednesday, May 12, 2010


bachelor chairQ: I have an old ironing board, chair, step ladder combination piece of furniture. Can you tell me anything about it?

A: Combination furniture like your ironing board, step stool, and chair are still being made. Some people call the combination a "bachelor chair" or "Jefferson chair." One legend says that it is an adaptation of an 18th-century bachelor's chair dating from the time of Thomas Jefferson. The Amish make them and call them "On-it-chairs." The ironing board chair is a novelty that sells for about $35.


peggygary said...

I was delighted to see your combined ironing board, stool, etc.

I have a combination round, drop leaf dining room table where the center leaf, when turned over, is an ironing board.

I'd love to know how old it is and worth. Thank ;you for posting it.

Anonymous said...

The childrens version of the Jefferson Chair (IRONING BOARD STEP STOOL) is $35.00. The adult versions are $140 to $200 delivered!

Karen H said...

Is there a way to tell if my ironing board is old or a replica? I think I read somewhere that if it the board was made in 2 pieces that it's old. Mine belonged to my grandmother, and I've always thought it was an antique. Does anyone know the answer?

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