ROYAL MEMORABILIA/ QUEEN ELIZABETH II CORONATION STOOL: An original HM Queen Elizabeth II Coronation stool, 1953
ROYAL MEMORABILIA/ QUEEN ELIZABETH II CORONATION STOOL: An original HM Queen Elizabeth II Coronation stool, 1953.
The stool has a limed oak frame with upholstery in blue velvet, trimmed with gold braid. The underside bears stamped makers name “Glenister, Maker, Wycombe” and additionally with ‘CORONATION’ and ER monogram, “53. This stool has an apparently original cotton dust cover.
Dimensions: height 48cm, width 46cm, depth 31cm
This stool is featured in House & Garden Magazine May 2023 issue.
Condition report: In very good overall condition – the stool has been historically reupholstered (believed c. 1970s/ 1980s) in a bright blue velvet very closely resembling the original and has replacement braid. Filled with horse hair as original. The cotton cloth cover appears to be original to the stool.
The Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II was held on 2nd June 1953 at Westminster Abbey.
The 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 chairs and stools produced for the 1953 ceremony were 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 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.
These chairs and stools were used by distinguished guests during the coronation ceremony and were available for attendees to purchase after the event (to help fund the ceremony itself which cost over £1.5 million in 1953).
The Ministry of Works to recoup even further costs, made available for sale those pieces not purchased by guests immediately after the event.
For a similar stool see the National Trust Collection at Dunham Massey, Cheshire.
A number of pieces of Royal furniture are included in our store see: ROYAL MEMORABILIA/ GEORGE VI CORONATION CHAIR: An original HM King George VI coronation chair, 1937
Dimensions: Approximately height 48cm, width 46cm, depth 31cm
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Condition Report: In very good overall condition – the stool has been historically reupholstered (believed c. 1970s/ 1980s) in a bright blue velvet very closely resembling the original and has replacement braid. Filled with horse hair as original. The cotton cloth cover appears to be original to the stool.