Small footstool with floral pattern. Photo by S. Butlin

Country of Origin: Canada
Year: ca. 1870
Materials: Corduroy, and metal 

Footstools date from ancient Egypt and were used to assist people in climbing to other furniture, or to elevate feet. In the Victorian Era, these items became their own decorative pieces. Some, like this one, had ornate sides or fabrics. This footstool features in several historic images of Eldon House and is a sample of a small furniture piece that is covered by embroidery produced by one of the Harris women.