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Randall House - Wolfville Historical Society

Chair, Potty


Accession number: 49.25.3
Date: before 1949
Materials: Wood
Measurements: 30 cm W x 26 cm H x 34 cm Depth
Narrative: This commode belonged to John Edward Starr [1805-?]. Starr was the son of Joseph Starr [1781-1862], who was the son of David Starr [1742-1817]. David and his descendants are often referred to as the second Starr family, and the descendents of Samuel Starr as the first Starr family. The second Starr family moved to Halifax early and lived at Poplar Grove. John Edward Starr was a merchant, and married Mary Ann Russell (1810-1877).
Description: Rectangular wooden commode or potty chair with wooden handles and a hinged lid. The hinges look modern. Under the lid there is a removable rectangular wooden surface with a circular opening. The inside of the rectangular base is lined with metal. The commode is fastened with nails. There are three nail holes, two with nails in them, on the top of the lid along the opening edge.