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Object ID 1990.018.002
Object Name Walker
Collection Household/Domestic
Credit line Gift of Richard D. Chalfant
Year Range from 1840
Year Range to 1860
Description Child's walking frame with a circular form and a small rope sling at the top to hold a child and support it upright using four iron rods attached to a wide circular wood base with five caster wheels.
Dimensions H-16.5 Dia-29 inches
Owned Richardson family
Provenance Found in the attic of Ashley house, built on what is now Maryland Ave. & DuPont Road by Ashton Richardson in 1804. The walker was apparently in the house when the donor's grandfather (artist J.D. Chalfant) bought it around 1899-1905. The donor (an architect) was remodeling the house into offices in 1990 when he found the item and donated it to DHS.
Subjects Childhood & youth
Child rearing
Search Terms Walkers
Room Nursery
Material Wood; iron; rope
Place of Origin Delaware Valley?