A George IV patent reclining library chair by Robert Daws of London c 1830, unusual in oak, carved in the foliated Gothic taste, in mint working order, stamped by the maker with patent stamps to back legs, with the original operating instructions.
Unextended 70cm W
Price inc GST $4,700
In 1827, Robert Daws was one of the first to patent a reclining mechanism for a mechanical library chair, trading from 17 Margaret St, Cavendish Square, London until 1839.
The instructions read;
“Manner of using R. Daws’s Patent Recumbent Easy Chair. A person while sitting in the chair may fix the back to any inclination by raising the spring beneath that part of the arm where the hand rests, and while holding up both springs, press or draw the arms backward or forward to the desired situation and having loose the spring both at the same time, the back of the chair will be found perfectly safe to recline against. The back may also be raised from behind without touching the springs, or by a person at each side, the dress having been first removed out of the way of the motion of the elbows.”