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Object ID # 1959.022.002
Object Name Footstool
Title Cow Horn & Plush Footstool
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Date Late 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description A footstool with a red plush top and three natural cow horns used for the legs, from the late 19th-century. The footstool is short and circular on top. The top is pillow-like, slightly convex, with bright red plush fabric and light-brown trim. There is red trim on the bottom. The base is wooden and has small, round-headed nails used to secure the horns to the wood. The wood was probably shellacked? No maker's identification is present.
Provenance The Burgess family used this footstool in their home in the late 19th-century.
Collection Furniture, 19th-c Collection
Material Velvet/Horn/Fabric/Metal/Thread/Dye
Dimensions H-23 Dia-26.6 cm
Found Toronto, Ontario
People Burgess, Mr.
Function A somewhat folk art-style item of furniture, used to provide a resting place for one's feet in a parlour area of one's house.