Steel Chair Designed by Peter Cooper

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During the 1830s Peter Cooper designed the first steel chair in America. This chair became part of the collections of the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration. The Cooper Union Museum was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution on July 1, 1968, and was renamed the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design.


  • Cooper, Peter 1791-1883
  • Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • National Collections


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 267, Box 6, Folder: Cooper, Peter - Esq. Specific Information About

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


c. 1953

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  • Steel Chair
  • Decoration and ornament
  • Chairs
  • Decorative arts


  • Photographic print
  • Object

ID Number

SIA2011-2177 and 3785

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Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White ; Size: 8w x 10h ; Type of Image: Object ; Medium: Photographic print

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