According to family history, Martha Washington acquired this high chair for the use of her two youngest grandchildren, Eleanor "Nelly" Parke Custis Lewis and George Washington Parke Custis, whom she and George Washington raised at Mount Vernon. Known as "table" or "dining" chairs to eighteenth-century parents, Windsor high chairs imitated adult seating and enabled young children to sit with their families during mealtimes. Mrs. Washington gave the chair to Nelly. It provided a privileged seat for three generations of Lewis children until being given to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association in 1912. More

Date

1780-1790


Geography


Material/Technique

Tulip poplar (seat), oak (arms), maple (legs), paint


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 33 1/8 in. x 18 1/2 in. x 15 3/8 in. (84.14 cm x 46.99 cm x 39.05 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mary F. Failing, Vice Regent for Oregon, 1912


Object Number

W-103


Colors


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