Baby walker

Unknown1700-1750 (made) - 1750

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum
London, United Kingdom

Baby walker of mahogany and ash wood made in England between 1700 and 1750

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  • Title: Baby walker
  • Date Created: 1700-1750 (made) - 1750
  • Location Created: England
  • Type: Baby walker
  • Rights: Given by Mr B. Middleditch
  • External Link: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O91064
  • production: Unknown
  • More Information: Walking aids for young children have existed in Europe since the Middle Ages. The earliest type was a railed panel or an enclosed frame on wheels, designed to be leant on by the child. By the 17th century this design had developed into a structure that enclosed the child firmly, more like a modern baby walker. This walker has a hexagonal undercarriage and a hexagonal ‘tray’ with a piecrust edge. The centre is voided and reinforced with a raised circular edge to form a body hole. The ‘tray’ opens as two semi-hexagonal flaps, secured when shut by two wooden hasps beneath.
  • Materials and Techniques: Mahogany and painted ash
  • Dimensions: Height: 47.7 cm, Diameter: 78.7 cm undercarriage, Diameter: 49 cm tray