Pram, England, 1851-1900

Made:
1851-1900 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Pram, with black upholstery, 19th century, probably English. Top three quarter view. Beige background.
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Pram, with black upholstery, 19th century, probably English. Top three quarter view. Beige background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Baby's pram, with detachable folding hood with black upholstery, 19th century, probably English

This leather pram normally has a canopy to protect children from the sun. It is a typical design of the late 1800s. Perambulators (prams for short) were mass produced in the UK in the 1840s. They quickly became popular. This pram was designed for a baby to lie flat in. Other designs for older children to sit up in were based on mail carts used by the Post Office.

Prams were once a common sight in the streets and parks of Britain. Unlike today, babies were often left outside in their prams to sleep in the fresh air. The traditional pram has now been almost entirely replaced with smaller, more mobile pushchairs and buggies. These often incorporate the latest innovations in design and materials.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
1982-561/85
Materials:
base, wood, frame, iron, upholstery, leather, waterproofed textile, textile binding, copper alloy, iron
type:
pram
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • vehicle - transportation
  • land vehicle
  • passenger vehicle
credit:
Mirrielees, Esther

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