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Baby walker

Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Baby walker
Baby walker
Title
Baby walker
Date 
1700-1750
Medium 
Pine
Dimensions 
Overall: 15 x 25 3/4 x 25 3/4 in. ( 38.1 x 65.4 x 65.4 cm )
Description 
Pine baby walker consisting of horizontal ring supported by four raked, turned legs; with base consisting of square frame with shaped inner edge mounted on four short legs with wooden casters.
Credit Line 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number 
INV.14959
Marks 
Circular adhesive label on underside of stretcher: "247 / ger" (Nadelman collection sticker)
Gallery Label 
This baby walker is a form typical of Netherlandish walkers called a "loopwagen." Few American examples are known, a scarcity that is not surprising in view of their delicate construction. Dutch book illustrations and paintings of the 17th and 18th centuries show similar baby walkers and attest to their popularity. Like their twentieth-century counterparts, they gave toddlers circumscribed mobility.
Provenance 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group