Child's Chair Patent Model

Patent model (U.S. Patent No. 104,517) of a child's combination potty and rocking chair made by Abraham Henry Wehser of San Francisco, CA, and patented on June 21, 1870. Consists of an upholstered armchair covered in faded purple ribbed fabric trimmed with nailed-on gimp that has a circular opening in its D-shaped seat and rests on an enclosed base painted "A. H. WEHSER." in white across front with hinged door at back. Underside of base has two, inset, hinged pins at sides that fit into the rockers; two flat braces screwed into the back corners. Model is missing tray or toy holder that rested over the arms, seat hole cover, and rockers. No patent tag.
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patent date
maker; inventor
Wehser, Abraham Henry
Physical Description
mahogany (chair frame and base material)
silk (upholstery material)
brass (hardware material)
paint (maker's mark material)
overall: 16.2 cm x 12.5 cm x 12 cm; 6 3/8 in x 4 15/16 in x 4 3/4 in
overall: 6 1/4 in x 4 7/8 in x 4 1/2 in; 15.875 cm x 12.3825 cm x 11.43 cm
place made
United States: California, San Francisco
associated place
United States: California, San Francisco
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
patent number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift Fund
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