Cattle horn chair (2 pcs - seat and back); Horn chair. Back composed of eight cattle horns surrounding an oval upholstered in beige/black floral tapestry. Eight horns surround seat to and from arms and back. Upholstered seat trimmed with band of maroon and beige fringe overlaid with band of looped cord. Four horn feet splay outward. Horns have a darkened finish. Original condition.
This chair was made for Dr. John McGowan, a physician who lived at 111 Mill Street, Oakland City, Indiana, from horns from his own cows. His house, including the chair, was purchased by Mrs. Ida Clifford in 1952.
Chairs like this one, made from discarded cattle horns from the Union Stock Yards, were popular in Chicago in the late nineteenth century. Other byproducts from the Stock Yards that were used in the furniture industry included glue, horsehair, feathers, and leather. This chair is a representation of the ways in which two of Chicago's largest industries of meatpacking and furniture companies shared resources to create new products for a rising consumer market.