Hello again sorry for the interruption of leaving earlier.
The Hitchcock chair is a true American original. It was designed by one man, intended to be mass-produced, and came to stand for an entire genre of chair.
It takes its name from its creator, Lambert Hitchcock (1795-1852). A Connecticut cabinetmaker, he settled in Barkhamsted, a small town in the northwestern corner of the state, in 1818. There he began making chair parts for shipping and assembly.
By 1820-21, he put into operation a bigger plan: the manufacturing of entire chairs. Not hand-made, but created on an assembly line, using standardized patterns and components, in the tradition of the burgeoning Industrial Revolution. Painted dark (instead of using dark polished woods) and stenciled (instead of carved or inlaid), they were fancy chairs for ordinary people.
the dating of your chair I believe to be early 1900 to 1920s. The "sad" finish is very understood because of the age of the chair. The value on the chair you have is $250-275.00. I believe the bottom has been replaced at some point to be able to use the chair. It appears newer then the chair itself. In my answer above I stated it is done in the style of the Presidential chair however it doesn't appear to have the decoration of a presidential chair. I believe this chair was done before the Presidential series was produced. It is a wonderful Hitchcock chair and a true one by the stenciling, the form and the age of the piece. Your letter shows providence and very well could have been written by the one that bought the chair if it is as old as the chair. Showing history to an item is very good. If I may be of further service please dont hesitate to ask I am happy to help you in anyway ............Tanya