Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.



  • Place of origin:

    Redditch (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1960 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Charles Shoebotham Ltd (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tubular aluminium alloy with polythene fabric

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs P. F. D. Wallis

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Child's folding chair. The tubular aluminium alloy frame consists of three U-shaped pieces. Two are rivetted together as legs to make an X frame for the seat, a rectangular piece of polythene fabric stretched across them from front to back. The third, which curves at the top, is placed across the back of the X frame and rivetted to the outer of the X frame pieces to make the back, with a rectangular piece of polythene fabric stretched across it. The polythene fabric is striped in bands of green, red and beige, each separated by a narrower white line edged in black, and the legs are finished with a black non-slip ferrule.

Place of Origin

Redditch (made)


ca. 1960 (made)


Charles Shoebotham Ltd (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Tubular aluminium alloy with polythene fabric

Marks and inscriptions

Printed fabric label attached to fabric of seat


Height: 54.1 cm maximum, Width: 36 cm maximum, Depth: 34 cm maximum (front to back)

Descriptive line

Child's 'Flywate' folding chair of polythene fabric and tubular aluminium, made by Charles Shoebotham Ltd in the UK ca.1960

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Games & Toys magazine, January 1962, p 190 [advertisement]

Production Note

Charles Shoebotham Ltd made goods under the brand name Flywate

Attribution note: Sole agent in 1960: Mario Bryanston Ltd, of Solihull


Aluminium alloy; Polythene


Children & Childhood; Furniture

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.