Child's Chair Patent Model

Child's Chair Patent Model

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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 exposed-frame, balloon-back, open armchair upholstered in faded, ribbed fabric and nailed-on gimp trim; D-shaped seat with central circular opening is on an enclosed, conforming base painted "A. H. WEHSER." in white across front with hinged door at back. Two, inset, hinged pins on underside of base fit into the rockers; two flat braces are screwed into its back corners. Missing tray or toy holder that rested on the arms, seat hole cover and rockers. No patent tag.
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Object Name
chair, potty, child's; patent model
Object Type
Patent Model
date made
patent date
maker; inventor
Wehser, Abraham Henry
place made
United States: California, San Francisco
associated place
United States: California, San Francisco
Physical Description
mahogany (chair frame and base material)
silk (upholstery material)
brass (hardware material)
paint (maker's mark material)
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
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
patent number
Patent Models
Personal Hygiene
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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