|Object Name||Chair, Potty|
|Alternate Name||Potty Chair|
Child's potty chair. Small rattan armchair with a circular cut-out in the seat and space for a pot inside its base. Chair has wide curved back that slopes into arms. Seat is wood; opening at center of seat is 5 inches in diameter. Flaring rattan skirt below seat is concave in front. Proper left arm has a metal ring at the end that might have once attached to a tray or strap. Overall height approximately 24.5 inches; seat height approximately 9.125 inches.
(Keywords: Children's Furniture, Wicker, New York)
|Acquisition||Gift of Gertrude K. Coolidge|
|Ownership and History||
This chair came to the Staten Island Historical Society from Gertrude K. Coolidge (ca. 1880-1977). She and her husband, artist Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, moved to Staten Island in 1928. Their daughter, Marcella, had been born around 1910.
This was a common type of American potty chair, with an enclosed base designed to hide the pot that would have been placed under the seat. The Sears, Roebuck catalog of 1897 shows a similar form politely labeled as a "Child's Cabinet Chair," with a tray across the front. The catalog text calls it "a household necessity where there are children."
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