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Wood and metal - Late nineteenth to early twentieth century

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Stool from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

This stool is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is made of wood, with brass studs forming a design on the seat surface and a brass handle for carrying. It was used and possibly made at Upoto, a mission station of the Baptist Missionary Society.

The stool was brought to Reading by John and William Forfeitt. They both travelled to what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Baptist Missionary Society, the former as Secretary and the latter as a Missionary. It is likely objects such as this were collected as curios, given up by locals who had been converted to Christianity, or brought back to Britain for use in missionary exhibitions and fundraising talks. The Forfeitts had links to significant Reading families and businesses - both worked for Suttons Seeds before their mission with the BMS, and William Forfeitt married a daughter of the Collier family.

Museum object number REDMG : 1945.65.1

width 5.75 inches

See related topic: World Collection: Reading Missionaries

See related topic: World Collection: Belief