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Chair

  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    1922-1950 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood with rubber and metal parts

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr & Mrs C E Turner

  • Museum number:

    MISC.280-1987

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This mobile chair with integral feeding tray is for use by a small child who is not yet fully walking. It is probably a 'Little Buffer' chair, the design of which was patented by the Baby Scooter Car Co in 1922, but any original maker's marks have been obliterated in the re-painting. The donors used it for their children, Mary, Merilyn, Roger and Bridget, who were born between 1943 and 1956; the chair may have been acquired second-hand because such items were scarce during World War Two and its aftermath, and repainted at that time ('Little Buffer' chairs were made in a dark wood stain and varnished), or during the course of its thirteen or so years of usage..

The inclusion of a head and shoulders image of the Walt Disney cartoon and comic character Donald Duck is likely to be an attempt at producing something cheering in a time of austerity. Donald was created by the Disney artist Dick Lundy and first appeared in 1934.

Physical description

Child's low wooden armchair re-painted in pale blue paint and mounted on three rubber rimmed wheels, the central one slidable on a separate forward axis. It has an enclosed back and sides, and a hinged oblong feeding tray which has been hand-painted with a head and shoulders motif of Donald Duck wearing his trademark sailor blouse and hat. The tray drops over the front of the chair and has a hinged drop leg with metal hooks and loops to hold it in position. There are two small metal clasps within the seat to hold retaining straps (now missing).

Place of Origin

UK (made)

Date

1922-1950 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wood with rubber and metal parts

Dimensions

Height: 27.2 cm, Width: 35.7 cm maximum, Depth: 49.6 cm maximum

Object history note

Gift of Mr & Mrs C E Turner (RF 83/956). Used by the donors' children Mary Elizabeth (born 28/04/1943); Merilyn (sic) Kay (born 22/02/1945); Roger Edwin (born 02/06/1949); Bridget June (born 13/06/1956), all of whom were born and brought up in Totteridge, north London.

Descriptive line

Mobile chair for a young child, probably a 'Little Buffer' patented in the UK by the Baby Scooter Car Co in 1922

Production Note

Probably a 'Little Buffer' patented by the Baby Scooter Car Co in 1922

Materials

Wood; Rubber; Metal

Techniques

Cutting; Moulding; Painting

Categories

Furniture; Children & Childhood

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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