It has been in our client's family for many generations so we have a rough estimate as to it's age. There is plenty of speculation about where the bench came from but the current theory is that it was probably a 'salvation army' pulpit seat. The shield was probably not always blue, and the carving was likely added later on.
The style of the bench is quintessential 'early american' with it's rustic lines and home made appearance. And with it's tall back, it does make sense that it would be up at the front of a church for the preacher to sit on, rather then a low back that the congregation would use. At some point it was likely taken home and the inscription was added.
Of course all of this is just theory, guesses, based on the little information we have. But that is probably part of why our imaginations have gone wild. We have just enough information to speculate, but not enough to know for sure. Do you have any guesses about this bench's origins? We would love to hear them! Leave us a comment below!