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Invalid Backrest

Artist/maker unknown, American

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

c. 1790-1800

Walnut, mixed woods

23 1/4 x 25 1/2 x 26 inches (59.1 x 64.8 x 66 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Fairmount Park Houses, Cedar Grove, Second Floor, Master Bedroom

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Purchased with funds contributed in memory of Helen Blum, 1998

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Often used by women during their "lying-in" period after childbirth, and by those confined to bed due to age or illness, adjustable bed chairs - such as this example - were often fitted with washable linen or cotton slipcovers.

* Works in the collection are moved off view for many different reasons. Although gallery locations on the website are updated regularly, there is no guarantee that this object will be on display on the day of your visit.

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