ROYAL MEMORABILIA: An original HM Queen Elizabeth II Coronation stool, 1953

ROYAL MEMORABILIA: An original HM Queen Elizabeth II Coronation stool, 1953, the limed oak frame with upholstery in blue velvet, trimmed with gold braid, underside stamped with makers name “Waring & Gillow Ltd” and “1953”. additionally stamped ‘CORONATION’ and EII monogram.

Dimensions height 48cm width 46cm depth 31cm

Condition report: In good condition. It appears that this stool has been reupholstered during the last 30 years. The reupholstery is in a velvet very much in keeping with the original fabric, and has been re-braided with a similar braid. The upholstery has been slightly overstuffed from what one would expect from the original. The webbing to underneath appears original. Some slight looseness to joints in places (see images).

The Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II

The Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II was held on 2nd June 1953 at Westminster Abbey.

The Coronation ceremony was a very large celebration with several thousand distinguished guests in attendance. To design such a large and important ceremony it was over a year in the planning with Prince Philip acting as Chairman of the Coronation Commission.

The design of the chairs and stools produced for the ceremony was taken from those created for the King George VI Coronation in 1937.

Furniture manufacturers based in High Wycombe, the centre of English chair making during this period, as had been the case for George VI coronation, produced all of the chairs and stools. The Ministry of Works were responsible for commissioning all furnishings for the coronation. A range of companies manufactured the furniture including; B. North & Sons; W. Hands & Sons; Thomas Glenister Ltd.; Castle Bros. (all firms in High Wycombe); Maple & Co., and Waring & Gillow. The blue velvet coverings were made at Listers Mills in Bradford, Yorkshire.

These chairs and stools were used by distinguished guests during the coronation ceremony and were available for attendees to purchase after the event (as a way to help fund the ceremony itself which cost over £1.5 million in 1953).

The Ministry of Works in order to recoup even further costs, made available to buy those pieces not purchased by guests immediately after the event.

For a similar stool see the National Trust Collection at Dunham Massey, Cheshire. http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/object/930899

For further pieces of Coronation furniture included in our store see: ROYAL MEMORABILIA: An original HM Elizabeth II Coronation Chair, 1953

Dimensions: 48cm width 46cm depth 31cm

Price: £480

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Condition Report: In good condition. It appears that this stool has been reupholstered during the last 30 years. The reupholstery is in a velvet very much in keeping with the original fabric, and has been re-braided with a similar braid. The upholstery has been slightly overstuffed from what one would expect from the original. The webbing to underneath appears original. Some slight looseness to joints in places (see images)

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