if I have the real story on this little chair...
but I'll share what I recall being told -
[and hope that family will step in and correct me if I'm wrong -]
I believe this was our grandmother's "wash chair"
[maybe our gr-grandmother's?]
And, if my understanding is correct, this is the chair that held her wash tub
to catch the wash as it came through the wringer of her old wringer washing machine
[I remember being warned repeatedly
to not let my hands get caught in it since it was electric -]
My mom had this little chair in storage for years...
[our gr-mother passed in 1971]
and then had the seat re-caned to give to one of her  sisters for a birthday gift....
And then [more than] a few years back
this aunt passed it on to me...
and its been setting on our fire place hearth ever since.
[I'm sharing the stories here so that our boys will know them.]