Exercise 'horse', Hildburghausen, Germany, 1870-1930

Made:
1870-1930 in Hildburghausen
maker:
Holzwarenfabrik

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Germany exercise horse, late 19th-early 20th century. Full 3/4 view, graduated grey background.
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Germany exercise horse, late 19th-early 20th century. Detail view of top of horse and handle. Graduated grey
Science Museum Group Collection
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Germany exercise horse, late 19th-early 20th century. Full frontal view, graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

German exercise horse, late 19th-early 20th century

A user straddled an exercise ‘horse’ much like riding a horse. The apparatus is made of wood with a sprung leather ‘saddle’ and handlebars at the front. Using it built the muscles and stamina. It was also a form of physiotherapy, treating medical conditions by targeting muscle groups.

The chair was made in Germany between 1870 and 1930. There was growing interest in improving health through physical fitness during the late 1800s. This saw many mechanical exercise machines developed.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
A69185
Materials:
frame, wood, seat, felt, red, seat, leather, cloth, black
type:
exercise chair
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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