from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In old English furniture, a back the center of which resembles a shield.
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“Captain Charles,” he instructed the butler, pushing forward a shield-back chair for me.
And the boudoir was admired as much and at even greater length, for it was furnished at a later period, with hanging cabinets, a chaise-longue, and some pretty shield-back armchairs.
There was a Regency library table under the bow window at one end of the room and a pair of shield-back armchairs on either side of a handsome secreta ire-bookcase, the whole lighted by wall sconces with delicate pink shades and several table lamps.
It was furnished with an oval table and delicate Hepplewhite shield-back chairs and a sideboard with painted panels, and like the sitting - room, was full of muted colour.