Bath chair

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Bath chair in museum store

A bath chair—or Bath chair—is a rolling chaise or light carriage for one person with a folding hood, which can be open or closed. Used especially by invalids, it is mounted on three or four wheels and drawn or pushed by hand.[1] It is so named from its origin in Bath, England,[2] and possibly also after its similarity in appearance to an old-fashioned bathtub. If required, the chair can be mounted on four wheels and drawn by a horse, donkey or small pony with the usual turning arrangement. James Heath, of Bath, who flourished before the middle of the 18th century, was the inventor.[1]

Later versions were a type of wheelchair which is pushed by an attendant rather than pulled by an animal. In the 19th century they were often seen at spa resorts such as Buxton and Tunbridge Wells. Some versions incorporated a steering device for use by the invalid.

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  1. ^ a b Public Domain One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bath-Chair". Encyclopædia Britannica 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 513. 
  2. ^ Bath chair. City of Bath England.

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