We've all seen this photo:
Lincoln and the General are both sitting in those folding camp chairs with the arms and back rest. The chairs are very close to some you can buy today, with exception of the shape of the arms. I have two such modern chairs. There are lots of period pics of these, hundreds maybe. My Mathew Brady book shows more than a dozen. But the pics...however nice, fail me in two ways.
First, what color are they? Mine are very light, hard maple I think. The period pics show darker colors, many worn at the corners revealing lighter colored wood below. Question: What color do you guess they are? Dark stain? Paint? Arty OD paint?
Second, all have someone sitting in them. What color do you suppose the fabric is? Upholstery cloth? Natural canvas? Colored canvas?
If you haven't already guessed, I plan to modify my two for camp use. Changing the shape of the arms is easy, but guessing the fabric and color ain't!