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Purpose of short-legged chairs?

Purpose of short-legged chairs?

myronann
Pathfinder
I got one of those short-legged ladder-back chairs at a garage sale this past weekend....you know, the seat is very low to the ground because there is not much leg below the seat. I'm thinking I've read somewhere that there was a specific purpose for making chairs this way.....or is it just made for children? Thanks!

(Ain't garage-saleing fun?!) Smiley Happy
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in reply to Nov 10, 2009 5:24:26 AM
noahiam
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The Hubby says it was made for a child. A pic would be nice. Make it small enough for dialup people though.
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in reply to Nov 10, 2009 8:58:12 AM
myronann
Pathfinder
Well, I figured everyone would be able to tell what I was talking about just from a description, but if everyone wants pics, I can do that later. Smiley Happy
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in reply to Nov 10, 2009 10:39:04 AM
Are these chairs really old? You know that people are bigger now than they used to be. We looked at adult antique clothing in a museum once and they appeared to be for children they were that small.

I imagine that short legged chairs did have a specific purpose. Thinking about that and how high a person/child would be sitting in one it makes me wonder if there were not also some shorter tables as well. Otherwise how would they reach their plates?
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in reply to Nov 11, 2009 3:23:19 PM
1st-oliveoyl
Guide
I know!

A beach chair! :^O
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in reply to Nov 11, 2009 9:38:51 PM
I'm sure not connoisseur of antique type chairs which I guess is what you have, but the "queen anne" has short legs from what I gather. Perhaps folks back then were shorter and with all the frivolity of garment it was easier and more graceful than having their feet dangling off the floor?!

Bump...
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in reply to Nov 12, 2009 9:00:50 AM
terrapene
Thrill-Seeker
Sounds like you may possibly have a 'birthing chair' which allows a woman in labour to squat, yet have some support.
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in reply to Nov 12, 2009 1:27:39 PM
n.d.junkhunters
Trailblazer
I looked on the web this morning at work, got busy, and forgot about this post. It could possibly be a nursing chair. Birthing chair makes sense also.
~ Nancy ~
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in reply to Nov 15, 2009 9:22:52 PM
Oh puhleeze, not a birthing chair! Being 7 months pregnant the thought is horrible!

It could be so, but it is more likely a beach chair. Like an adirondack. The short legs keep you above the sand fleas, and out of the water.
Warm regards,
Nancy
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in reply to Nov 16, 2009 9:48:30 AM
myronann
Pathfinder
My mom says her Granny had one when she was a kid. The just called it "Little Grandma's Chair" because Little Grandma always sat in it. (She was a tiny woman.) I've seen just a couple on ebay, and they always list it as a "child's chair". Guess that's probably what it was. Just seemed like I read somewhere long ago that they were called "so-and-so chairs", related to a specific purpose....pea-shellin' or corn-shuckin', or something like that. LOL

Here is a picture of it. My husband and I were discussing how the legs were not turned on a lathe....not perfectly round, no holes in the bottoms. There is blue-green paint showing where the yellow has flaked off. I don't believe the seat is original, but I could be wrong.

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in reply to Nov 16, 2009 9:50:48 AM
myronann
Pathfinder
Being 7 months pregnant the thought is horrible!


I never want to be there again. Smiley Happy
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in reply to Nov 16, 2009 11:08:43 AM
myronann
Pathfinder
Hey, here's a possibility I ran across while researching....maybe at one time these short-legged chairs were rocking chairs....the rockers and some of the lower legs rotted or broke, so they cut them off? You know how they never used to throw stuff away!
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in reply to Nov 16, 2009 3:12:21 PM
I am not very hip on stuff like this but hubby had a short chair like this as a child. Could simply be a child's chair?
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in reply to Nov 16, 2009 3:19:50 PM
1st-oliveoyl
Guide
Or a chair for midgets?
People that are leg length challenged?

Or to use as a step stool?
With the chair ladder back for holding onto?
For those that are balance challenged?
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1st-oliveoyl
Guide
Wouldn't a 'birthing chair' need to have a hole in the seat for the baby to drop through? If you sat in it now you'd impede the baby's birthing!
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in reply to Nov 16, 2009 4:06:43 PM
"midgets" not to be rude but isn't that an politically incorrect word? I thought the term for dwarfism was just 'little person' or something not so demeaning! Still think this is simply a child's chair. You are right about needing a hole if a 'birthing' chair. I'd hate to try it as isSmiley Surprised
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in reply to Nov 17, 2009 7:21:40 AM
If there was a hole in the seat it would have a "bowl" under it. LOLOLOL and it wouldn't be for a baby. :^O
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in reply to Nov 30, 2009 1:48:01 AM
folkartbydawn
Adventurer
I'd say for kids or small adults, I have noticed that older chairs I have are smaller then the new chairs as well. My feet dangle on the new kitchen chairs but a pair I have that are old my feet touch just fine. They actually fit me better since I'm only 5 feet tall.
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in reply to Nov 30, 2009 4:53:19 AM
vedave
Thrill-Seeker
I hesitate to suggest this but see no mention of it in all the posts- are you sure the legs haven't been cut off?
It is quite home-made. Maybe Mama just said, "Pa, I want a short chair."
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in reply to Dec 6, 2009 9:27:45 PM
yankeedime69
Scout
Once, when I went through an Historical Homes Tour there were several of the short legged chairs. They were pretty fancy, though. We were told that they were made that way for the women. The hoops, on their skirts, were uncomfortable to sit down in and get back up . That with the short legged chairs, they could get up easier. I don't know if that is what you have or not. Being a hair over five feet...I thought they were great!!!
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