With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Antique High Chair

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Antique High Chair

When we were expecting our twin daughters, John's aunt gave us a highchair that had been in the family for many years.  We think the highchair is from the early 1900's and was used by John's dad who was born in 1918.
I was never able to find another highchair like this one with the beautiful carved Dutch children and tiger oak wood, nor was I able to learn anything more about it.
Originally it had a cane seat but was in need of repair when we received it.
We simply cut a piece of wood and padded and covered it to make it usable for our little ones. 
John doesn't remember if the highchair was brought out for use when he and his brother were little and visiting Aunt Marie and Uncle Harmie but it did see its share of use when Jill and Jamie were babies.
 Jill at 10 months old ~ September 1981
Jamie at 15 months old ~ February 1982
Baby Cambrie sitting in a chair that was once used by her
Great-Grandfather
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Joining Cindy @My Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!

34 comments:

Maple Lane said...

That is a beautiful and unique high chair. What a treasure for your little granddaughter and pretty soon her new baby sister will be using it too!

Susan said...

Awwww, that was an adorable post, LDH. Your girls were (and are) so adorable and your little granddaughter is a sweet petutti, too! Thanks for sharing. Susan

podso said...

a family heirloom and treasure for sure! the fourth generation to use it...at least ... I love the Dutch children carved on it!

Ann said...

That is the prettiest high chair I have ever seen. Boy they sure don't make them like they used to

NanaDiana said...

What a precious piece of heritage to have! I love it and have never seen another one like it! It is beautiful! xo Diana

Snap said...

Delightful! A real family treasure.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

What a beautiful treasure you have!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Love the baby chewing on the corn cob. My grand baby likes to do that too. Beautiful chair.

Debbie said...

WOW!! How neat is that?? I love it. Such cuties...every one! The chair is beautiful too..

La Tea Dah said...

How beautiful! I have a similar high chair, but it doesn't have the beautiful carving in the back. It was my father's when he was a baby and has been passed down to me. It was the only high chair we owned for our children.

Petra said...

Wow, what a treasure! May it be pleased to seat many more generations of adorable cuties. Blessings!

Trisha said...

How wonderful! What a gift to have this high chair that has seen so many babies. It's an absolute treasure.

Viv said...

something about an item used for many generations in the family makes me a feel sentimental for sure! such a unique and precious high chair which im sure would continue to accompany many of your grandkids meal times :D

also occurred to me how sturdy and well built the chair is to be used for that lonnnggg!! impressive craftmanship!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

What a pretty chair LDH, with such adorable occupants! Happy Halloween to you and all of your little spooks, Raider too.

T's Daily Treasures said...

That is one fabulous family treasure and I am so glad to see that it is getting put to good use rather than being stuck in a corner only to look at. Obviously it was meant to last the test of time ... and children. :) Best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful weekend. Tammy

Lorraine said...

It is a very beautiful chair.
I didn't know you had twins !!
Love,
Lorraine

LBP said...

What a treasure to pass down to all your children! We have my Dad's old high chair and it looks similar to yours except it doesn't have the beautiful etching in the back and at some point my grandmother decided it should be painted ORANGE!!

Blessings

Linda

LisaInCT said...

How lovely! A very quick search on the internet turned up this... a child's rocking chair with the same design:

http://www.bargainjohn.com/w153cRocker.htm

vikki said...

What a precious keepsake. I still have the high chair all my children sat in starting with my oldest who is now 36. All my grandchildren have used it and I hope that my great grandchildren will also be able to use it. How fun.

Julie Harward said...

I love it...really beautiful carving in the back. My MIL has one very similar and she is 99...love the generations in it! :D

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a lovely antique high chair! The carving is beautiful.

Janice said...

Another lovely post, what an hierloom.

LDH said...

Thank you so much LisaInCT for the link. I always used the word 'highchair' in my search and never came across a similar item. Your search was perfect with the exact design. I really appreciate the link :)

Dayle said...

Simply magnificent! I adore old things with a history, especially a family history.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

What a beautiful heirloom. The little ones using it are adorable BTW.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

What a wonderful piece -- antiques are best when they have a history in your own family -- you have a treasure there! Thanks for sharing :)

Blessings!
Gail

LisaInCT said...

You are most welcome, Lorraine. I thought it would be cool to see a similar piece and the link might help to help track down the value of your highchair.

Sue said...

Absolutely beautiful treasure you have here LDH, and if only that chair could talk, what memories it would bring forth. Tiger oak is one of my favorite woods.
I have been away from my computer so I am out and about today trying to. catch up. i so enjoyed reading some of your previous posts,. especially time spent with the grandchildren, making memories is what life is all about. and having a surprise visit always makes it so much better. Our second son used to love to surprise us and what a treat that was.
Enjoyed the post on preserving herbs, I too have been drying and putting some up for winter. Sweet basil is one of my favorite.
Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy your weekend.
Sue

Karen said...

What a precious keepsake! Love the pics!

Maggie Ann said...

What a wonderful high-chair! As soon as I saw the Dutch children I thought of the book 'Hans Brinker & the Silver Skates' (hope I've got the title right). You have a treasure in the high chair for sure, and your little ones in it are adorable. And =)

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This is so cute!Would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas.

Angie said...

It is gorgeous and so charming to see your children in it! A keepsake heirloom for sure!

Thanks for linking up to Knick of Time Tuesday!

Blessings,
Angie @ Knick of Time Interiors

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

You have a beautiful heirloom.

Cute pictures of the children.

Dee

Joanne said...

Hi, I just found a chair with the same carving on the back. The high chair is slightly different in that it detaches to become a stroller. I cam online hoping to find more information about it and found yours. Thanks for posting.
Joanne

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