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Period Furniture/Antique Chairs - 293 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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Antique Oak Office Chair, Circa 1900
Dim: W-54 D-54 H-76 (cm)
Price: £128.00
   
Victorian Broad Arm Windsor Chair In Ash and Elm, Circa 1860
Dim: W-64.5 D-66 H-109 (cm)
Price: £390.00This item is reserved
   
Edwardian Cream Upholstered Armchair With Mahogany Legs with Brass Castors, Circa 1910
Dim: W-74 D-75 H-96 (cm)
Price: £250.00
   
Superb Quality Early Victorian Nursing Chair Upholstered in a Gold/Cream Damask Fabric, Provenance: Butterfields, Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire
Dim: W-66 D-86 H-81 (cm)
Price: £495.00
 
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Late 19th Century Ladies Armchair Recovered to a High Standard
Dim: W-74 D-84 H-95.5 (cm)
Price: £450.00
   
Very Good Yew Wood Windsor Chair By Nicholson or Walker of Rockley, Nottinghamshire, Good Colour and Patina, Circa 1840
Dim: W-53 D-53 H-91 (cm)
Price: £895.00
   
Rare Yew Wood Windsor Chair Stamped Fred Walker on Seat, Rockley Maker, Circa 1840
Dim: W-54.5 D-50 H-87 (cm)
Price: £840.00
   
Carolean Style Carved Oak Chair Good Quality, Circa 1870
Dim: W-62 D-62 H-124 (cm)
Price: £440.00
 
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Very Rare 17th Century Childs Wainscot Chair In Oak, Circa 1670
Dim: W-38.5 D-40 H-59 (cm)
Price: £1450.00
   
Good Yew Wood Windsor Low Back Chair Rockley Maker, Circa 1840
Dim: W-56 D-56 H-89 (cm)
Price: £265.00
   
Antique Grandfather Kitchen Armchair With Slat Back
Dim: W-64.5 D-60 H-114.5 (cm)
Price: £195.00
   
Victorian Yorkshire Farmhouse Armchair
Dim: W-57 D-60 H-107 (cm)
Price: £135.00
 
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Pair of Regency Mahogany Chairs With Drop In Seats, Broad Crest Rail with Scroll Carvings, Turned Tapering Front Legs, Circa 1820
Dim: W-51 D-51 H-30 (cm)
Price: £135.00
   
Rare and Unusual New Zealand Green Leather Armchair Made from Kauri Wood, a bog preserved wood up to 3000 years old, Circa 1970s
Dim: W-83 D-87 H-87 (cm)
Price: £295.00
   
Antique High Back Mahogany Hall Chair
Dim: W-60 D-54 H-110 (cm)
Price: £85.00
   
Oxblood Red Buttoned Leather Wing Armchair In the Queen Anne Style, Good Condition
Dim: W-82 D-77 H-107 (cm)
Price: £395.00This item has been sold
 
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Original 1970s Peacock Chair In Very Good Condition
Dim: W-103 D-53 H-151 (cm)
Price: £175.00
   
19th Century Windsor Chair With H Stretcher
Dim: W-59.5 D-50 H-89.5 (cm)
Price: £175.00
   
Pair of Victorian Lincolnshire Stick Back Chairs With Elm Seats
Dim: W-40 D-44 H-84 (cm)
Price: £119.00
   
Charming Original Oak Framed Orkney Childs Chair With Rush and Straw Twisted Back and Drop in Rush Seat, all in Original and Useable Condition, Handmade, Circa 1900
Dim: W-54.5 D-54 H-84 (cm)
Price: £795.00This item has been sold
 
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Rare Set of Four Yew Windsor Chairs From Workshop of Fred Walker or George Nicholson of Rockley, Nottinghamshire Circa 1840
Dim: W-57 D-47 H-92 (cm)
Price: £3500.00
   
1930s Rocking Chair With Original Patterned Seat and Back
Dim: W-50 D-70 H-95 (cm)
Price: £78.00This item has been sold
   
Victorian Mahogany Hall Chair With Shield Back
Dim: W-45 D-39 H-48 (cm)
Price: £68.00This item has been sold
   
Victorian Ladies Spoonback Armchair With Carved Walnut Show Frame, Upholstered in a Cream Pana,a Fabric, Button Back, Cabriole Legs with Porcelain Castors
Dim: W-66 D-74 H-97 (cm)
Price: £525.00
 
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Victorian Gentlemans Spoonback Armchair With Carved Walnut Show Frame, Cabriole Legs with Porcelain Castors, Upholstered in a Cream Panama Material
Dim: W-75 D-80 H-106 (cm)
Price: £495.00
   
Georgian Elm and Fruitwood Elbow Chair
Dim: W-57 D-57 H-101 (cm)
Price: £168.00
   
Victorian Mahogany Childs Chair With Caned Seat
Dim: W-38 D-38 H-76 (cm)
Price: £68.00
   
Arts and Crafts Wicker Seated Low Chair William Birch Influence, Seat Height 30cm
Dim: W-68.5 D-53 H-81.5 (cm)
Price: £89.00
 
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Superb George III Ladies Wing Chair Of Small Proportions Reupholstered in Gainsborough Silk Damask, Replacement Seat Cushion, Circa 1820
Dim: W-74 D-80 H-118 (cm)
Price: £2250.00
   
Edwardian Wing Back Armchair Reupholstered
Dim: W-87 D-74 H-109 (cm)
Price: £595.00
   
Pair of William Morris Sussex Armchairs
Dim: W-55 D-46 H-86 (cm)
Price: £395.00This item has been sold
   
Pair of Charles II Style Hall Chairs Carved Walnut and Beech Chairs With Needlepoint Covered Seats, Lovely Colour and Patination
Dim: W-47 D-47 H-127.5 (cm)
Price: £325.00
 
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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)