When it came time to purchase a high chair my wife and I decided on a Svan, not only for its small footprint and sleek look, but also for its multi-faceted nature. The ability to serve not only as a baby's first high chair but also as a toddler's chair, a child's chair and even an adult stool is impressive. But check out this antique high chair that converts into, of all things, a type of stroller.
This chair is at my father-in-law's house, and his partner Pam purchased it at an antique shop over forty years ago for her two kids. My own daughter uses it whenever we visit, and with the addition of a pillow behind her and my belt looped around to hold her in, it still works just fine. I was always taken with the intricate woodwork and complicated bracing system beneath the seat, and the wheels certainly intrigued me. But I had no idea it dropped down into two lower positions and used to be rolled around like a stroller.
I think it looks like the stylized skeleton of a Victorian soap box derby car. Pam assures me it scoots around very easily and that some other ones she has seen even include handles, essentially turning the high chair into a stroller. Fascinating.
Has anyone else out there come across or used a high chair similar to this one? If you'd like to see more examples like this one you can do a browser search for "antique high chair stroller".
(Images: Carrie McBride)