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Commode Chair

From the Collection of Stratford and District Historical Society Stratford Victoria

Description
A wooden commode chair converted from a kitchen chair with four round legs and a hinged seat. Underneath is a hole to hold chamber pot or covered commode. The backrest consists of three turned spindles between squared timber that supports a carved rail across top. It is painted with cream paint that is rather worn.
Size
H 86 cm x W 46 cm x D 43 cm
Object Registration
00274VFSH
Keywords
chairs, adaptation
Historical information
This Commode Chair has been skillfully adapted by a bush carpenter from a kitchen chair - possibly for an invalid at a time when toilets were usually outside and often difficult to reach. The hinged seat is held up by a wire hook (No.8 fencing wire), and the seat can be lifted to remove the commode pot.

The cream paint is of the type universally used for kitchen furniture before a more diverse range of paint colours became available.
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:09AM