January 09, 2017

We have this adorable antique, primitive folding buggy seat for a child or could be used as a magazine holder, footstool, etc. This tapestry covered buggy seat was made by “The New I.D. Seat Company” for the Fernald Mfg. Co. of North East, PA. Patented Oct. 15, 1895. It has a lovely moss green, deep red and gold tapestry piece edged in black leather on the top for a child to sit on as well as one on the bottom section.

The frame of the buggy seat, made from 3/8" iron, folds up flat, scissor-style. The thick tapestries are in nice condition with only some minor fraying on the edges. The black leather binding is worn a bit as can be seen in the photos, but, after all, this little buggy seat is over 110 years old!

This antique folding buggy seat is perfect for Primitive collectors and would be wonderful to set beside your chair for magazines or to prop your feet on!

Research on the maker, The New I.D. Seat Company indicates that they produced these seats as auxiliary seats for horse-drawn buggies and carriages in and around 1895. This heavy-duty antique folding stool was possibly used as an extra seat in a buggy, horse-drawn wagon or snow sleigh by the Amish.

Research has also shown that the Fernald Mfg. Co. was founded in 1896 and they were carriage manufacturers and used jobbers. They were also vehicle parts manufacturers and later owned the Fernald Automobile Co. This company was into a variety of items centered around carriages, wagons, buggies, etc.

When open the buggy seat measures 9½” X 10” X 7” tall; folded up it measures 9½” X 10”.