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Exhibit item: ALEXANDER GARDNER, Seth Kinman, California Hunter and Trapper, 1864. Photographic print on carte-de-visite: albumen Exhibit item: MATTHEW B. BRADY, The Grizzly-Bear Chair, 1865. Photographic print on carte de visite mount: albumen

Exhibit item:
ALEXANDER GARDNER
Seth Kinman, California Hunter and Trapper, 1864
Photographic print on carte-de-visite: albumen

Exhibit item:
MATTHEW B. BRADY
The Grizzly-Bear Chair, 1865
Photographic print on carte de visite mount: albumen

Legendary Humboldt County trapper Seth Kinman captured grizzlies and fashioned them into articulated chairs.

Quotation:
MARSHALL R. AUSPACH
The Lost History of Seth Kinman, 1947

"This was intended to surpass all his previous efforts, and was made from two grizzly bears captured by Seth. The four legs and claws were those of a huge grizzly and the back and sides ornamented with immense claws. The seat was soft and exceedingly comfortable, but the great feature of the chair was that, by touching a cord, the head of the monster grizzly bear with jaws extended , would dart out in front from under the seat, snapping and gnashing its teeth as natural as life. This chair Seth presented to [President] Johnson, September 8, 1865."

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