Who invented the deck chair?
THE FIRST chair of this type – that is, the folding X-type chair – was discovered in the tombs of the ancient Egyptians: often carved with animal forms and covered with whole skins. In ancient Rome, too, the folding X-type chair had great significance, being reserved for magistrates and nobles on public occasions. There are also references to folding chairs in 17th-century inventories. ‘Six folding chaires of crimson vellvet trymmed with gold lace’ were sold by order of the Council of State after the execution of Charles I. Bernard Shilling, New Barnet, Herts.
JOHN Thomas Moore (1864-1929) took out a patent for adjustable folding chairs in 1886 and manufactured them in Macclesfield from 1887. The ‘Waverley’ model was described as the best ship or lawn tennis chair, while the ‘Hygienic’ was a rocking chair ‘valuable for those with sluggish and constipated bowels. Its action is perfect massage without the toilsome labour.’
Colin Sanders, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
A man surnamed Atkins in the 19th century adapted it but putting sailors hammock material on it. I learnt this as I knew family members who still received royalties from his patent.
ann jones, willenhall West Midlands
Here’s some of the most modern deckchairs invented in recent times – designed by me!
With summer just round the corner, the long-awaited ‘deckchair season’ is here. In the last fortnight alone, we’ve received numerous requests from the media asking to showcase our deckchairs in their publications. Our deckchairs recently appeared in Devon Life, the Independent’s ‘Best Deckchair’ list and The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine’s ‘Lust List’, with further accolades to come soon.
Such as the July edition of World of Interiors.
Jacqueline Hammond deckchairs