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Period Furniture/Antique Chairs - 292 result(s)

The range of old ‘Country’, or vernacular, chairs is very wide. But they mostly fall into one of two main structural groups:
Jointed Frame Chairs – where the back legs and the two main back uprights are continuous pieces and the seat is a four sided jointed frame.
Windsor Chairs – where all the main parts: legs, back bows, sticks etc fit into a solid seat: effectively the chassis.
Frame chairs developed from the stool by the addition of a back, early examples being known as back stools. 
(Laurie 'The Chairman' Kent - Antiques Dealer at Hemswell)

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1940s Vintage Lloyd Loom Chair With Reupholstered Sprung Seat, Dated Sept. 1949
Dim: W-65 D-58 H-81 (cm)
Price: £98.00
   
Late 19th Century Leather Folding Armchair With Beech Frame
Dim: W-59 D-60 H-89 (cm)
Price: £185.00
   
Early 19th Century Mahogany Hall Chair
Dim: W-44.5 D-43 H-86.5 (cm)
Price: £135.00
   
19th Century Chinoiserie Design Chair In the Queen Anne Style
Dim: W-52 D-54 H-107 (cm)
Price: £225.00
 
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Fine Quality Victorian Rosewood Chair On Barleytwist Supports and Upholstered in 100% Wool
Dim: W-67 D-72 H-120 (cm)
Price: £650.00
   
Comfortable Leather Tub Chair Beech Framed, Circa Mid 20th Century
Dim: W-60 D-62 H-86 (cm)
Price: £265.00
   
Late 19th Century Windsor Rocking Chair In Original Condition with Fretted Centre Splats
Dim: W-65 D-70 H-98 (cm)
Price: £195.00
   
Arts and Crafts Oak Nursing Chair Very Low 29cm Seat Height, Rare Piece, Probably by William Birch
Dim: W-54 D-50 H-109 (cm)
Price: £260.00
 
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Set of Four Penny Seat Kitchen Chairs
Dim: W-46 D-46 H-82 (cm)
Price: £225.00This item has been sold
   
Antique Windsor Kitchen Armchair With Crinoline Stretcher
Dim: W-53 D-60 H-109 (cm)
Price: £159.00
   
William IV Oak Hall Chair Circa 1830
Dim: W-43 D-43 H-158 (cm)
Price: £89.00
   
Edwardian Mahogany Display Cabinet With Painted Floral Decoration and Boxwood Stringing, Circa 1910
Dim: W-70.5 D-35.5 H-158 (cm)
Price: £310.00
 
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Good Victorian Carver Chair
Dim: W-56 D-56 H-91 (cm)
Price: £175.00
   
Pair of French Gilt Wood Armchairs with Bow Decoration, Recovered in Linen
Dim: W-60 D-58 H-92.5 (cm)
Price: £365.00
   
Pair of French Gilt Wood Chairs Recovered in Linen
Dim: W-49 D-49 H-86 (cm)
Price: £195.00
   
Leather Club Chair With Original Worn Upholstery, Circa 1910
Dim: W-78 D-92 H-78 (cm)
Price: £195.00
 
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Old French Needlepoint Picture Armchair In Very Good Condition
Dim: W-64 D-60 H-94 (cm)
Price: £225.00
   
Pair of 19th Century French Painted Chairs With Painted Gilt Cane Backs, Good Quality Upholstery and Sprung Well. Available for 130 each
Dim: W-42 D-39 H-90 (cm)
Price: £260.00
   
Victorian Oak Armchair With Woven Rush Seat
Dim: W-54 D-55 H-96 (cm)
Price: £150.00
   
Set of a Four Thonet Folding Chairs Designed in 1928 by Michael Thonet, Beech No.8751, Stamped Thonet.
Dim: W-46 D-46 H-84 (cm)
Price: £225.00
 
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19th Century Wing Armchair Of Generous Proportions, Standing on Walnut Cabriole Legs
Dim: W-79 D-85 H-114 (cm)
Price: £798.00
   
Rare Yew Wood Windsor High Back Chair Possibly by Gabbitass of Worksop, Circa 1840
Dim: W-54 D-52 H-108 (cm)
Price: £975.00
   
Victorian Walnut Childs Folding Steamer Chair In Very Good Clean Condition
Dim: W-36 D-63 H-78 (cm)
Price: £275.00
   
Victorian Captains Chair
Dim: W-64 D-53 H-79.5 (cm)
Price: £215.00This item has been sold
 
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Set of Four Ornately Carved Back Salon Chairs In Mahogany With Cabriole Legs and with Upholstered Seats
Dim: W-42 D-42 H-92 (cm)
Price: £298.00This item has been sold
   
Victorian Leather Library Chair Early Victorian Chair with Superb Chestnut Leather Upholstery, in Excellent Condition
Dim: W-64 D-84 H-100 (cm)
Price: £895.00
   
19th Century Kitchen Chair
Dim: W-55 D-55 H-99 (cm)
Price: £110.00This item has been sold
   
Good Quality Victorian Gentlemans Armchair In Mahogany, Recovered to a High Standard with Top Quality Velvet.
Dim: W-40 D-29 H-102 (cm)
Price: £495.00
 
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Shoolbred Inlaid Mahogany Childs Corner Chair Very Good Quality, Label to Base, Circa 1900
Dim: W-48 D-45 H-56 (cm)
Price: £240.00
   
19th Century Childs Armchair Oak and Elm, Circa 1850
Price: £580.00
   
19th Century Swivel Office Chair Horseshoe Shaped, Reupholstered in Scottish Hide, Circa 1850
Dim: W-72 D-68 H-80 (cm)
Price: £475.00
   
Set of Four Georgian Mahogany Dining Chairs With Reupholstered Seats
Dim: W-49 D-49 H-82.5 (cm)
Price: £295.00
 
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There are many regional variations. But most vernacular frame chairs have oak, ash or beech frames with rush, caned or solid wood seats. There are several styles of seat back most having top and bottom crossrails. ‘Spindlebacks’ have one or more rows of vertical spindles between the rails. Vase and other shaped splats are also used. In ‘Ladderbacks’ all the 3,4 or more ‘rungs’ are effectively cross rails. Because they were simple country chairs, upholstered seats and imported woods such as mahogany were rarely used. 
Windsors first appeared in the 18th C and many variants developed both within in England and across the Atlantic in New England over the next 200 years.
Again there is a wide range of styles and quality, from the humble scroll back kitchen chair, through the classic high and low bowbacks, to the very elegant, comb backed, cabriole legged armchairs in yew wood. Elm with its beautifully figured grain was the favoured wood for seats, with ash, yew or beech for legs stretchers and back bows.
Windsors were made in three main regions in England, namely: the Thames Valley including High Wycombe, the West Country and the Eastern counties of Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.
There are always good examples of an extensive range of country chairs to be found at Hemswell Antiques, particularly from the dealers who specialise in country furniture. (Laurie 'The Chairman' Kent - Antiques Dealer at Hemswell)