Rare King George VI Coronation Chair & Stool 1937 GRVI W Hands & Sons Original
Splendid Antiques is delighted to offer this exceptional and rare George VI Coronation Chair with 'GRVI' cypher, and matching Stool stamped 'GRVI Coronation’, Peers chairs were used in Westminster Abbey for the Coronation of King George VI in 1937, with limed oak frame and dark green velvet upholstery finished with gold braid banding with the Kings royal cypher to top left corner, these chairs were used in Westminster Abbey for the Peers to sit and observe the coronation.
This is the only set available and is exclusive to Splendid Antiques.
The chairs from the coronation of George VI were made from limed oak and were upholstered in a dark green velour fabric, while the ones from Elizabeth II’s were made from silver powdered British oak and upholstered in a regal blue velour fabric. Both were stamped underneath with the sovereign’s initials. In style they have overwrap seats and a full padded back rest which has the monarch’s initials and a crown embroidered on the front.
The chairs were made by William Hands of High Wycombe, William Hands process starts with a single sheet of white paper, every mark a statement, every thought witnessed, every stroke adding meaning to a moment in time.
Their ideology and passion for creating the highest quality pieces of furniture demands that we only select the finest materials, meticulously crafting products without compromise, founded in 1906
William Hands reputation for excellence is the result of exceptional service, craftsmanship and design. Manufacturing from the original site on which the company was founded, William Hands is a symbol of the success and evolution of the British furniture industry.
After the coronations of George V in 1911, George VI in 1937 and of Elizabeth II in 1953, it was decided to sell off some of the trappings of the events. After each of the Coronations the chairs and stools which the guests had used were offered for sale to with first refusal given to the people who had occupied the seat at the ceremony. As they offered a unique and lasting souvenir of such a great occasion they were eagerly snapped up.
Condition Report: The chair is offered in original condition, minor scuff marks to frames, fabric lightly faded with small hole to seat, some of the braiding is worn, no odours or smells, chair stamped and stool stamped.
King George VI
Maker: William Hands
Provenance: The Estate of MJ Long
Height: 34” Inches / 86cm
Width: 19” Inches / 49cm
Depth: 18" Inches / 45cm
Floor to seat: 17” inches / 43cm
Height: 18.9” inches / 48cm
Width: 17.72” inches / 45.5cm
Depth: 12.4” inches / 31.5cm
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