From a short story by Algernon Blackwood, titled If the Cap Fits (public domain PDF),
Field-Martin, the naturalist, sat in his corner armchair at the Club […]
[…]. Field-Martin wheeled up his chair
with vigorous strokes of his heels and joined the
The description is from the early decades of the 20th century. Does it mean to raise/erect the chair, as opposed to reclining? I assume there were chairs operated by heels?
Items of furniture, including heavy padded armchairs and sofas, often have what are called ‘castors’. One person could wheel or roll such a chair to move it, e.g. when cleaning, making the room tidy, or to re-position it. They help avoid damage to carpets or floors. It would be possible to move a chair while sitting, as described. The text is from the short story "If the Cap Fits" by Algernon Blackwood.