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Metamorphic High Chair
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Title: Metamorphic High Chair
Identifier: 2001.1.522
Donor: Barbara Sayers Larson
Item Date: 1900-1925
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A metamorphic wood highchair with a curved lift up tray. The top of the back, arms and feet are curved. Wheels at bottom are metal, 8 inches in diameter, and can be raised so that the chair rides flat on the floor. Only three wheels are attached. The back and seat of the chair are thin perforated wood held in place by round brad nails. The seat is split and a section is broken off. There are some carved decorations in the wood of the arms and back. The top sections of the legs, where they attach to the chair, are metal. The high chair can be rearranged to create a rocking chair which lies close to the ground.

A high chair is used for feeding babies and young children. The seat is raised from the ground, so that a person of adult height can spoon-feed the child comfortably. There is often a tray which is attached to the arms of the high chair, which allows the adult to place the food on it for either the child to pick up and eat or for the food to be spoon-fed to them.
The metamorphic high chair was popular in the Late Victorian and Edwardian time period. It allowed parents to both feed children with ease and rock them all using the same piece of furniture.
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