This beech Paragon Chair folds to a very compact size thanks to the clever metal joints that link the 12 bars that form its frame. The replaced upholstery consists of a rectangle of leather with ears sewn to the corners. It follows the pattern of the original canvas upholstery which remains with the chair. When folded, the chair resembles a pile of sticks. To set the chair up, the beech bars are pulled apart to their widest point. The ears of the upholstery can then be hung over the 4 high points of the chair. The 2 metal bars can then be pushed down until they lock, widening the struts even further and holding the seat and back in place. The chair is stamped 1918 although sometimes 4 digit numbers refer to a model reference, this is likely to be the date. The small size of this chair fits in with its portability. Circa 1918.