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Object Name Highchair
Date ca. 1900
Description Child's convertible highchair (converts to a stroller). Made of walnut or mahogany, with a pressed art nouveau design in the back. The arms are set above four spindles on each side. The squared flat seat has leather tacked on (it originally had a machine caned seat). The feet end in metal wheels. The chair has an attached footrest and a moveable tray. Made in the United States. Highchair measures 37 inches high x 17.5 inches wide x 28.5 inches deep.
Acquisition Gift of James Opalecky
Ownership and History By the 1870s, highchairs often came with an attached tray. This feature allowed highchairs to take on the additional function of a play area, as the tray held the child firmly and safely in the seat. To keep the child from becoming bored while thus confined, mothers strung together simple items like spools and tied them to the arms of the chair as playthings.
Earliest Date 1895
Latest Date 1905
Subjects Antiques
Children
Furniture
Lexicon Sub-category Furniture
Catalog Number F01.0309
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, September 2013.
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