A Late Victorian mahogany and buttoned leather gout stool or foot stool.
The single sectioned mahogany base on turned legs and original castors is manoeuvred up and down by means of an adjustable ratchet mechanism. By altering this mechanism, the angle of the upholstered top can be manipulated to allow for ease of use and comfort.
Gout was a common affliction throughout the wealthy classes in the nineteenth century, common enough for James Gillray in 1799 to provide a caricature of its effects. Happily not so frequent today this stool is still a good looking and ultimately useful piece of furniture.
Re-leathered and buttoned in high grade ox-blood leather.