Rawhide Chairs from Historic Aurora Colony in Oregon c.1856



This is an original set of four handmade wooden dining chairs with rawhide seats. Made in the historic Aurora Colony Commune in Oregon between 1856-1866. Each chair has a ladder back with woven rawhide seats and saw marks are clearly visible. These chairs have retained their original finish and have the appropriate patina for the age and use. Each chair is sturdy and structurally sound.

  • CREATOR Oregon Commune
  • DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1856-1866
  • CONDITION Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • DIMENSIONS H 34 in. W 19.5 in. D 15.5 in. Seat H 17.5


Aurora Colony, also called Aurora Mills, was a Christian utopian communal society founded in 1856 by William Keil in modern-day Aurora, Oregon, USA. At its peak in 1868, the Aurora Colony had about 600 people and 15,000 acres (6,100 ha) of land. The colony, along with Keil's previously established Bethel colony, was formally dissolved in 1883.

In 1974, about 150 acres and 12 buildings of the former colony were inscribed on the National Register of Historic Pleces as parts of the Aurora Colony Historic District.

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