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