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Acadian House Museum

Highchair


Accession number: 2005.07.04.01
Date: circa 1890
Materials: Wood
Measurements: 81 cm L x 34 cm W x 81 cm H x 33 cm Depth
Narrative: This highchair was made for the donor’s mother and her five siblings. The donor’s mother was born on September 4th, 1894, past Mouton Island, Queens County. The highchair was used by the donor’s children when they visited Port Mouton. High chairs are used for feeding young children; the long legs and high seat allow adults to comfortably feed toddlers while standing or sitting. The chairs usually have a wide base to increase their stability and modern versions have a detachable tray for placing food. Tjos cjaor os a ,pdofoed Womdspr cp,b bacl as the proportions have been slightly altered. The chair has a sculpted saddle seat and turned legs and spindles which have been dowelled into the seat. This version of the Windsor chair was popular in North America. The seats are typically made of pine or poplar while the legs and spindles are birch, maple, ash or chestnut. Softer woods are used for the seat to allow for easier sculpting of the shape. The spindles and legs are typically made of straight grained wood which allows more slender shapes.
Description: This wooden high chair has been painted turquoise and the paint is now chipped. It has four legs that have four braces connecting them. The seat is round and has eight spindles that connect it to the arm rest. The arm rest forms a half circle shape around the chair and there are five more very short spindles attached to it. These short spindles are attached to a small, curved back rest. The end of one arm rest has a rectangular wooden brace on it.