Invalid chair, Europe, 1850-1890

Made:
1850-1890 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Invalid-chair. Front 3/4 view of whole object against light grey background
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Invalid-chair. Front 3/4 view of whole object against light grey background
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Invalid-chair. Detail view of a top half of object against light grey background.
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Invalid-chair. Detail view of a wheel against grey background.
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Invalid-chair. Rear 3/4 view of whole object against light grey background
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Invalid-chair. Detail of rear against light grey background
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Invalid-chair. Front 3/4 view of whole object against light grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
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Invalid-chair. Front 3/4 view of whole object against light grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Invalid chair

Unlike modern wheelchairs that have four wheels, this chair has three: two large front wheels and one small rear wheel. This means the patient was unable to wheel the chair themselves. They would have had an assistant. The chair is heavy so presumably they would not have gone very far or very fast. This elaborately carved chair dates from the late 1800s. It is made of wood with a sprung padded seat. It was donated to the Wellcome Collections by Liverpool Royal infirmary in 1928.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
A73063
Materials:
frame, wood, seat, iron, seat, spring steel, tyres, rubber, solid
type:
invalid chair
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • furniture
  • seating furniture
  • chair
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • furniture
  • seating furniture
  • chair
credit:
Turner and Smyth
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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