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    They were originally called a “chaise volante” (flying chair). I have found English references from 1818 about an “important nautical experiment”. It can be read here (1819 reprint):
    https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_Gentleman_s_Magazine_and_Historical/_d4IAAAAIAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&pg=PA559&printsec=frontcover
    They used it to get to shore, dangling from pulleys on a tightly stretched rope. They only describe it as a “seat”, and do not mention how it was made. But it is very interesting indeed that it is named in French, considering that the Pompey’s Pillar ascent involved French sailors.

    I have not managed to find any French references to it with that name (but did find several about a stair lift made from a chair hanging from ropes).