Category: Other Travel Items
A Salesman's Sample walnut Folding Bench.
Its likely that this working model of a bench was used by a salesman to show off his wares. It is well made with open tenon joints to the legs' stretchers and twist catches to hold the hinged legs in the folded position. When set up, the legs have an iron rod that locks into a ring to the stretcher. When folded, the legs fold flat with a groove cut out to the inside of the stretcher to allow for the rod and one to the underside of the top for the ring.
The bench is well made without being a fine piece of furniture. The addition of grooves to the top to simulate the boards of the bench is a nice touch. Late 19th Century.