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!
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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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?
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?!
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.
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!
"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 is
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.
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!!!