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Period Furniture/Antique Chairs - 278 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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Good Quality Tan Leather Wingback Armchair
Dim: W-89 D-89 H-107 (cm)
Price: £550.00
   
Low Oak Monks Style Chair Converts in to a Table using Folding Back/Top, Leather Seat with Good Patina
Dim: W-52 D-55 H-71 (cm)
Price: £100.00
   
1969s Ercol Chair
Dim: W-40 D-40 H-79 (cm)
Price: £75.00
   
Ercol Rocking Chair Small Size, Original Seat Cushion, Label Attached
Dim: W-60 D-70 H-86.5 (cm)
Price: £120.00
 
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Art Nouveau Mahogany Elbow Chair Newly Upholstered
Dim: W-57 D-57 H-108 (cm)
Price: £195.00
   
Set of Four Early Country Stick Back Chairs In Ash and Elm
Dim: W-38.5 D-43 H-83 (cm)
Price: £260.00
   
Regency Mahogany Framed Leather Chair, Beautiful Open Armchair upholstered in a Lovely Rich Brown Scottish Hide
Dim: W-62 D-66 H-98 (cm)
Price: £825.00
   
Vintage Leather and Tubular Metal Stool Salvaged from a Factory
Dim: W-41 D-46 H-94 (cm)
Price: £92.00
 
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Articulate Flemish Library Armchair With Unusual Crown Carving in the Front Joint, Reupholstered in a Rich Pattern Fabric, Circa 1840
Dim: W-66 D-86 H-114 (cm)
Price: £485.00
   
Vintage Leather Office Chair In Well Used Condition
Dim: W-62 D-62 H-99 (cm)
Price: £148.00This item has been sold
   
Edwardian Carved Back Occasional Chair Reupholstered in Wool Tartan
Dim: W-44 D-50 H-94 (cm)
Price: £88.00
   
19th Century Elm Captains Elbow Chair
Dim: W-57 D-53 H-77 (cm)
Price: £138.00This item has been sold
 
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19th Century Upholstered Armchair Professionally Reupholstered
Dim: W-59 D-77 H-49 (cm)
Price: £200.00
   
Set of Six Good Quality Oak Dining Chairs By Beresford and Hicks, Two Carvers and Four Chairs (Dimensions of carvers)
Dim: W-56.5 D-53 H-91.5 (cm)
Price: £295.00
   
Set of Four Late Victorian Dining Chairs Good Quality with Sprung Seats and Fully Restored, Circa 1880
Dim: W-44 D-48 H-54 (cm)
Price: £1350.00
   
Pair of 19th Century Swiss Carved Hall Chairs, Good Quality, Circa 1880
Dim: W-43 D-39 H-87 (cm)
Price: £375.00
 
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Pair of Oak Barleytwist and Cane Armchairs Reupholstered, Circa Mid 20th Century
Dim: W-59 D-89 H-102 (cm)
Price: £395.00
   
Vintage Red Leather Wing Chair, Circa 1960s
Dim: W-78 D-78 H-111 (cm)
Price: £600.00
   
Set of Three 19th Century Low Back Windsor Chairs All stamped E Gabbitass of Worksop, Rare, Circa 1850
Dim: W-53 D-53 H-93 (cm)
Price: £2100.00
   
Lloyd Loom Lusty Vintage Armchair With Newly Upholstered Sprung Seat in a French Fabric, Original Label, Circa 1930s
Dim: W-57 D-57 H-72 (cm)
Price: £128.00
 
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Victorian Beech Rocking Chair With Rush Seat
Dim: W-57 D-68 H-103 (cm)
Price: £195.00This item has been sold
   
Set of Four Leather Castle Chairs With Brass Buttons, Original Weathered Leather, Typical Double Framed Base Joints, Belgium, Circa 1820
Dim: W-44 D-42 H-84 (cm)
Price: £480.00
   
Pair of French Needlepoint Chairs
Dim: W-61 D-61 H-85.5 (cm)
Price: £345.00
   
Taxidermy Badger Stick Stand
Dim: W-37 D-40 H-60 (cm)
Price: £148.00This item has been sold
 
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Pair of Antique French Salon Chairs With Good Embroidery Seat, Back and Arms
Dim: W-59 D-59 H-88 (cm)
Price: £365.00
   
Victorian Button Back Nursing Chair With Low (38cm high) Seat, Re-Upholstered, Circa 1870
Dim: W-53 D-65 H-85 (cm)
Price: £175.00
   
Art Deco Small Boudoir Armchair With a Fan Back and Original Feet with Castors, Reupholstered in a Pale Pink Cotton Crushed Velvet with Hand Sewn Piping, Circa 1920s
Dim: W-81 D-71 H-70 (cm)
Price: £525.00
   
Set of Eight Victorian Balloon Back Dining Chairs In Mahogany, Fully Restored, Circa 1860
Dim: W-43 D-51 H-86 (cm)
Price: £1675.00
 
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Dutch Marquetry Inlaid Armchair Circa 1870
Dim: W-65 D-65 H-80 (cm)
Price: £490.00
   
Bergere Ash Corner Chair Circa early 20th Century
Dim: W-62 D-62 H-74 (cm)
Price: £135.00
   
Antique Oak Revolving Office Chair
Dim: W-61 D-51 H-85 (cm)
Price: £220.00This item has been sold
   
Pair of 18th Century Primitive Arm Chairs
Dim: W-58 D-42 H-88 (cm)
Price: £395.00
 
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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)