Sedan chair

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Used in Edinburgh

Postcard of Sedan chair.
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Sedan chair

A sedan chair was an enclosed chair for one person, carried on poles by two men. This example was used in Edinburgh by Alexander Hamilton (1739-1802) and his son James (d.1839). Both men were Professors of Obstetrics at the University of Edinburgh.

Private sedan chair used in Edinburgh until 1830 by Professor Hamilton

James Hamilton was succeeded as Professor of Obstetrics by Sir James Young Simpson, the pioneer of the use of chloroform as an anaesthetic. It was Sir James who gave the chair to the Museum.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-708-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NT 13
Date: 1800 - 1830
18th century
Material: Wood
Dimensions: 1620 mm H x 960 mm L x 790 mm W
What: Chair, sedan
Subject: Miscellaneous (NMAS Classification)
Who: Professor Hamilton (Owner)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
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