Thistlethwaite Americana | Texas Horn Chair
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Texas Horn Chair

American likely Chicago

Circa 1880

Cow and Buffalo Horn

40 1/2″ H x 25″ W x 26″ D


A uniquely American design, this horn chair with its diminutive size and exuberant form will always be the center of the conversation. Constructed of horns and wood this chair has been reupholstered in faux fur fabric and features wonderful splayed horned legs, exuberant horned arms, and an extra pair of horns at the top for character.


Believed to have originated in the stockyards of Chicago, horn chairs are now associated as a staple in Texas furniture. Making furniture from horns was extremely popularized. Starting in 1866, over 20 million cattle were being driven from Texas and eventually arrived in Chicago to use for different purposes. That means that horns were leftover and left for free use. Inspiration for American horn chairs was taken from the horn furniture of the Biedermeier period. However, as American cattlemen bred horns out of beef cattle lines, the availability and accessibility for horns diminished, thus the trend slowly faded away.


WHY WE LOVE IT: An amazing conversation piece that will work in the mountains or any home that needs a little conversation