High Chair; Alberton; 19th century; XAH.70.1




High Chair; Alberton

About this object

This is a child’s high chair dating from the Victorian period (1837 – 1901) and was owned by the Kerr Taylor family who lived at Alberton in Mount Albert, Auckland.

Allen Kerr Taylor and his wife Sophia were parents to ten children who were born between 1866 and 1888. Therefore, this high chair would have been in frequent use.

It may also have been used after this period when Winifred, Mildred, and Muriel Kerr Taylor continued to live at Alberton after their parents’ deaths. The sisters never married and did not have children, but they did play host to a great number of nephews, nieces, and even great-nephews and great-nieces. (1) Therefore, the high chair may have been used when young family members came to visit their aunts.

The frame of the high chair is wooden and the seat is cream coloured leather with brass studs. The chair has a simple back rest. The arms are slightly curved with a simple scroll at the end, and rest on the turned two front legs. The back two legs are plain.

(1) Jan Harris, ‘Alberton and its Family,’ 1999.

For more information about the Kerr Taylor family and Alberton, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Date Made

19th century

Medium and Materials

Wood, leather, and brass


83.5 x 32.5 x 33cm

Credit Line

Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Object Type

High chair

Object number


Copyright Licence  

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Alberton   Alberton

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