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S/5463 Antique Treen 19th Century Walnut Deportment Board

A rare Victorian deportment board made from a solid plank of walnut, sometimes called back boards. According to Pinto, these were a must for Victorian and Georgian children, who had to stand for a certain time each day with the board held horizontally behind their backs. The handles looped through the child's crooked elbows, therefore holding the shoulders well back to straighten or correct their stance. The whole has a medium colour and a pleasing patination.

Reference: Treen and other Wooden Bygones by Edward H Pinto on page 421

Sold 33 in. (84 cm.) Wide
7 in. (8.5 cm.) Deep
English Circa 1860