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sedan chair

noun
1.
an enclosed vehicle for one person, borne on poles by two bearers and common during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50
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British Dictionary definitions for sedan chair

sedan chair

noun
1.
a closed chair for one passenger, carried on poles by two bearers. It was commonly used in the 17th and 18th centuries Sometimes shortened to sedan
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Encyclopedia Article for sedan chair

portable, enclosed chair mounted on horizontally placed parallel poles and carried by men or animals. In Italy, France, and England, in the 17th and 18th centuries, sedans became highly luxurious and were often elaborately carved and upholstered and painted with mythological scenes or heraldic devices. In England, in 1634, Sir Sanders Duncombe received a royal patent to be the sole supplier of rental, or hackney, sedans for 14 years, a reward for having imported the sedan chair, probably from Naples. Sedan chairs were welcomed in England as a relief from the swarm of coaches then clogging London streets.

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