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Rare set of original Tripolina chair by Paolo Vigano (Lybia, 1930's)

The original “Tripolina” chair was invented by the Englishman James B. Fenby and patented in the United States in 1881. It was used in military campaigns, where it was ideal because it was designed to fold up compactly—while still being comfortable and stable. Prior to WWII it was manufactured by the Italian Viganò company in Tripoli, Libya. They stamped the hides with their distinctive oval company logo; this logo shows on both hides of the chairs. As many of them didn't survive the weather and elements they are extremely rare to find For their age the hides are in excellent condition; they are so well preserved you can still actually use them, that is sit in them.