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Object ID # 2014.048.001
Object Name Highchair
Title Harris Furniture & Chair Co. High Chair
Date 20th-century
Artist Harris Furniture & Chair Co. Ltd.
Made Harris Furniture & Chair Co. Ltd.
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County
Description Blond-finished wooden high chair. It has a semi-circular, pivoting wooden tray. The gold and black decal on the back of the seat reads: "Harris / FURNITURE & CHAIR CO. LTD. / OWEN SOUND, ONT." The back of the seat has a scroll-cut shape at the top. It also has four grooved, linear, decorative lines, two of which are curlicued. It was built using convex-headed Robertson screws. There is a wall between the child and the surface of the tray, to prevent spills onto the child. There is also a semi-circular wall at the front of the tray, to keep items from being pushed off the edge. Two small, green felt discs were applied to the underside. The front edge of the seat is shaped to accommodate a child's legs. The front and back ends each have a single stretcher. The sides are joined by two shaped stretchers, and by two dowel-like stretchers. The wood grain is visible through the light finish. The four legs are turned, and end in straight cuts. No caps or castors were used.
Makers mark A rectangular gold and black decal on the back of the seat has "Harris (script-style) / FURNITURE & CHAIR CO. LTD. / OWEN SOUND, ONT." No model number is present, nor any info on the underside of the seat.
Provenance Manufactured by the Harris Furniture and Chair Company Limited of Owen Sound, Grey County. Dates to the 20th-century.

Last belonged to Norman Playter, an antiques dealer and resident of the former Derby Township of Grey County.
Collection Furniture, 20th-c Collection
Material Wood/Finish/Metal/Decal/Ink/Felt
Dimensions H-38.78 W-17.717 D-18.701 inches
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Harris, F. W.
Subjects Eating & drinking
Children's furniture
Furniture industry
Search Terms Owen Sound Industries and Products
Harris Furniture and Chair Company
Function Individual seating for a small child to be fed. The pivoting tray provided a place for food and a cup. The tray helped hold the child in an upright position, but the chair has no safety strap or padding. A parent would have had to be vigilant to keep the child from slipping down if the tray was lifted.