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Period Furniture/Antique Chairs - 296 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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19th Century Childs Rocking Chair Circa 1890
Dim: W-38 D-54 H-73 (cm)
Price: £795.00
   
Pair of Antique Oak Corner Chairs
Dim: W-63 D-59 H-80 (cm)
Price: £590.00
   
Superb Rare Yew Wood Windsor Chair Possibly Gabittas of Worksop, Circa 1840
Dim: W-59 D-59 H-132 (cm)
Price: £1500.00
   
Victorian Smokers Bow Armchair With Turned Spindle Back
Dim: W-63.5 D-56 H-83.5 (cm)
Price: £165.00
 
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Antique Oak Church Chair Circa 1910
Dim: W-51.5 D-48 H-93.5 (cm)
Price: £125.00
   
Victorian Mahogany Carver Chair Circa 1900
Dim: W-59 D-55 H-95 (cm)
Price: £395.00
   
Pair of Georgian Mahogany Armchairs Unusual with Replacement Back Rails
Dim: W-59 D-59 H-90 (cm)
Price: £125.00
   
Set of Four Penny Seat Chairs With Stick Backs
Dim: W-47 D-47 H-81 (cm)
Price: £250.00
 
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19th Century Dark Oak Side Chair With Woven Cane Seat
Dim: W-45 D-45 H-104 (cm)
Price: £120.00
   
Carved Dark Oak Hall Chair With Crown above Manners Maketh the Man Inscription and Dated 1890
Dim: W-49 D-48 H-126 (cm)
Price: £120.00
   
French Carved Chair with Needlepoint Coverings Good Dark Floral Carved Frame with Beautiful Needlepoint to Seat and Back (20.C)
Dim: W-47 D-49 H-101 (cm)
Price: £245.00
   
French Wide Arm Chair With Good Quality Upholstery Fabric (20.B)
Dim: W-70 D-60 H-99 (cm)
Price: £345.00
 
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French Needlepoint Chair Painted a Frame with Needlepoint covering Seat, Back and Arms, Very Fine Detail (237.B)
Dim: W-62 D-60 H-86 (cm)
Price: £165.00
   
Leather Wing Back Armchair With Deep Button Back Upholstery
Dim: W-88 D-75 H-109 (cm)
Price: £435.00
   
Edwardian Mahogany Upholstered Armchair Satinwood Crossbanded, Upholstered in Regency Red Stripe, Circa 1910
Dim: W-65 D-65 H-88.5 (cm)
Price: £265.00
   
Early 20th Century Oak Office Chair
Dim: W-61 D-54 H-81 (cm)
Price: £150.00
 
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19th Century Oak Captains Chair With Scrolling Arms and Leather Seat on Turned Supports, Air Ministry Stamps.
Dim: W-66 D-54 H-74 (cm)
Price: £195.00
   
Edwardian Oversized Armchair With Carved Detail and Deep Red Velvet Upholstery
Dim: W-65 D-78 H-100 (cm)
Price: £150.00
   
Captains Bow Backed Oak Armchair
Dim: W-67 D-51 H-82 (cm)
Price: £75.00
   
Victorian Upholstered Easy Chair With a Pale Pink Velvet Fabric
Dim: W-62 D-79 H-95 (cm)
Price: £380.00This item has been sold
 
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Brown Leather Wing Back Armchair Chesterfield Button Back
Dim: W-85 D-85 H-105 (cm)
Price: £425.00
   
Lincolnshire Elm Windsor Chair By N Allen of Boston, Circa early 20th Century
Dim: W-57 D-45 H-95 (cm)
Price: £195.00This item has been sold
   
Mid 19th Century Windsor Chair by J Spencer North Nottinghamshire, Signed
Dim: W-54 D-50 H-91 (cm)
Price: £430.00
   
Late 19th Century Adjustable Back Chair With Removable Seat, possibly a Dentists or Barbers Chair
Dim: W-63 D-80 H-85 (cm)
Price: £240.00
 
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Embroidered Danish Open Armchair Circa early 20th Century
Dim: W-64 D-56 H-89 (cm)
Price: £175.00
   
Danish Embroidered Chair Circa early 20th Century
Dim: W-62 D-63 H-90 (cm)
Price: £165.00
   
Rare Charles II Wainscot type Chair, Oak and Ash with original Walnut Seat excellent Colour and condition
Dim: W-60 D-60 H-118 (cm)
Price: £1195.00
   
19th Century Carved Chair Heavily carved, unusual King Savonarola Chair, late 19th Century
Dim: W-79 D-60 H-95 (cm)
Price: £365.00
 
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Victorian Mahogany Framed Armchair Show Wood, Soft Cream/Yellow Velvet Upholstery
Price: £465.00
   
Giltwood Nursing Chair 19th Century, with scrolled Button Back on Turned legs
Dim: W-50 D-64 H-80 (cm)
Price: £195.00
   
Victorian Oak Framed Nursing Chair Covered with Check fabric, circa 1860
Dim: W-62 D-70 H-93 (cm)
Price: £295.00
   
Ash and Elm Windsor Chair Circa 1800
Dim: W-57 D-57 H-109 (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)