Category: Campaign Furniture
The influence of Robinson's Ilkley Couch can clearly be seen in this mahogany Patent Telescopic Couch by Leveson.
The stained oak legs are removable on wooden threads and originally there would also have been removable arms. The company also made a version of the Ilkley Day Bed but the Telescopic Couch adds to the practicality of the chair and it is more compact when dismantled. The front section of the Couch slides forward to increase the length by 23 inches and turn it from a chair to a day bed. Like the Ilkley, the 3 caned sections of the chair can be moved on a ratchet bar to adjust their angle. Aside from flat, the back has 5 positions, the middle 2 and the front 5.
Leveson's advertised that they were established in 1849 and offered The Largest Stock In The World of invalid chairs and carriages. They had shops in Oxford Street and Knightsbridge in London as well as in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool. Much of their furniture was of course used because it offered far greater comfort. For an officer, it also had the benefit of being portable and forming a chair as well as a bed. Circa 1900.
Full Size Set Up Is Given.