A John Wayne director's chair back

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A John Wayne director's chair back

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The Golden Age of Hollywood
A John Wayne director's chair back
Brown leather well-worn director's chair back with tooled flowers and tooled letters spelling out "DUKE." Throughout his career, John Wayne owned and used at least 4 versions of this chair back, which was originally given to him by director John Ford. The earlier versions, which seem to be dated from the early 1950s, show the two flowers to be slightly asymmetrical, with the second flower somewhat squished towards the right-hand border. The later versions show symmetrical flowers. This chair back is believed to be one of the earlier versions. The consignor purchased this chair pre-internet by putting an ad in the Whittier newspaper asking to buy memorabilia. There is no verification, but photographic research leads us to believe this is one of the earlier versions used by John Wayne. Accompanied by the book, John Wayne: My Father by Aissa Wayne (New York: Random House, 1991) which features a photo of Aissa sitting in a director's chair with a similar chair back; a 1978 collector's magazine devoted to John Wayne which features a photo of him with a similar chair back; and an 8 x 10 photo of Wayne showing him on the set of Rio Bravo (1959) with a similar chair back.
6.25 x 23 x 0.5 in.
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