Antique Child's Push Sleigh / Sled in Old Paint - Americana - Folk Art - Primitives

This beautiful antique push sleigh is just a bit different than most, an unusual form resembling an 'ice cream' chair with a footrest, but mounted on steel runners as a sled. I can just imagine some lucky child pushing their little brother or sister over freshly fallen snow ... hear the squeals of laughter and delight.

The wooden seat, footrest, and running board are painted with flowers on a red ground, and the decorative metal back is in the form of a fanciful curlicue heart, and along with the arms, still has remnants of old gilding. The handle is hand turned hardwood. A fantastic piece of Americana. Just the kind of object designers seek out to anchor a seasonal display.

CONDITION is as you see it, the piece has seen considerable use, but is complete and sturdy. The metal is in wonderful condition, the footrest shows some wear from the feet of many little ones over the past 100+ years. There is loss of paint and gilding on the metal, but on the whole, this piece has a beautiful patina and is in top notch shape. If you wanted to, you could wax up the runners and take it out for a spin. There is the number "61" stenciled on the bottom of the seat as shown. Overall length including handle and foot board is 31 1/4". The width at the widest (at arms) is 15 1/2". The seat measures 12" at the front, 10 1/2" at the back, and 9" deep. The handle stands 30 1/2" from the ground, the seat is 14" off the ground, and the foot board is 4 1/2" from the ground.

A wonderfully nostalgic piece that conjures snowy winter mornings from long ago. I've never seen another push sleigh quite like it. Set this piece by your hearth and your decorating is almost done. Enjoy!

Item ID: RL-976

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