Child’s rocking chair commode, Europe, 1751-1850

Made:
1751-1850 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Child's rocking chair commode, 1751-1850. Full view, blurred to show 'rocking'. Graduated grey background.
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Child's rocking chair commode, 1751-1850. Full view, chair static. Graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Child's rocking chair commode, 1751-1850

A commode is a chair that has a chamber pot underneath. As such, this chair was likely to have been used by a sick child who was unable to reach a toilet. Diarrhoea was a common cause of sickness and death among children.

Made from mahogany and pine, this example measures just over 620 mm high. In 1700s England, chamber pots were often emptied on to the street, allowing human waste to wash down the roads.

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Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
A602150
Materials:
mahogany, pine
type:
commode
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • furniture
  • seating furniture
  • chair
  • commode chair
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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