A mahogany Camp Stool with removable legs that pack into the underside of the seat.
Green noted his business as ‘Patentees and Manufacturers of the Newly Registered Camp Stool’ and described his design as ‘specially fitted for Fishing, Cricket, Sketching, Pic-Nics, and many other purposes; it supplies a long felt want and is combined with Elegance and Durability’.
The design of the stool is very simple but effective; the four numbered legs slot into slightly angled holes so that they are splayed when the stool is set. The seat is made in two hinged parts with sliding brass bars to either end to lock them in place when used as a seat. When not in use, the legs fit into cut out sections to the underside of the seat. When the two parts of the seat are folded in towards each other on the hinges and locked, the legs are contained within.
All parts are stamped ‘Registered In London No. 6066 26th July 1878’. Charles Green is listed in the trade directories as a Cabinet Maker but this stool seems to be his only patent that took off, if indeed he registered any others. He also made a version with a padded leather seat and legs that hinged to their middle to give an even more compact stool.
This stool is in good condition and is a great piece of Victorian innovative campaign furniture. Circa 1880.