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I bought the bench in the attached image at a flea market yesterday. The seller said it was from Graubünden and maybe 50,60 years old. Any thoughts if that is supposed to be an Edelweiss? It looks very symmetrical so I wasn't sure if Edelweiss would get carved like that sometimes, or it is just a general design.

Also it's a fold down bench and has the two grooved protrusions at top. Any ideas what they might be for? They certainly look like something functional, but I couldn't figure out how they might be useful.
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Also it's a fold down bench and has the two grooved protrusions at top. Any ideas what they might be for? They certainly look like something functional, but I couldn't figure out how they might be useful.
Perhaps they're handles to lift the bench back when it has been closed?
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Re: swiss bench and carved flower

Could be, but the bench is perfectly liftable by an overlapping lip when it's down. It seems a lot of trouble to put two handles on it if that is what they are for.
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Re: swiss bench and carved flower

Do the two 'grooved protusions' fold down with the backrest, or do they remain upright? I'm wondering if it's some kind of temporary pew used when there were big attendences in church.
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Re: swiss bench and carved flower

The two upright pieces that you see in the picture are attached to the back of the bench and fold down with the back, so the whole thing becomes a flat seat. I also was thinking if it could be from a church, but then the flower is not a religious symbol. Maybe some kind of community group furniture.
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Do the two 'grooved protusions' fold down with the backrest, or do they remain upright? I'm wondering if it's some kind of temporary pew used when there were big attendences in church.
Then could they be handbag holders for the row behind?
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Re: swiss bench and carved flower

To me, the groove on the upright pieces appears to the sort of typical decoration to be found on a dining chair back. In fact the whole assembly looks to be made from the sides of an old chair and the top and one side of an old chest. Unusual is that the hinges are exposed and have to be sat on implying that the parts are not used as originally intended.
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Re: swiss bench and carved flower

It almost looks like it is an old window shutter made into a bench. Those handles don't seem to serve any practical purpose.

It would be great to find out its real history!
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Re: swiss bench and carved flower

Looking underneath, it really does fit that this is a repurposed chair plus something else such as a window shutter, that has been extended into a bench. And for something 50 or more years old, it is solid as can be and sits flat on the floor with no rocking due to uneven legs. Swiss bench engineering
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It's a beautiful thing, peebix. Enjoy it.
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Re: swiss bench and carved flower

You see this sort of design for outside in snowy areas, where you open it to get a nice snow-free seat, that would also explain the handles a bit if opening conditions weren't ideal.

But I'm not sure if that's a new thing, and this obviously hasn't been left out in the weather.

The handles do look aesthetically good - without them it would be too flat and square on the top, lining up with the feet gives a nice balance.
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Re: swiss bench and carved flower

The "Edelweiss" is said to be a sun symbol. It can be found on many traditional pieces of furniture in the Grisons. In our 401 y.o. farm house in the Engadine there are several big chests, two of them as old as the house and one dating back to the 15th century. Most of them have a sun symbol as a decorative element. Some old dining chairs too.
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