ROYAL MEMORABILIA: An original King George VI Coronation Stool, 1937
An original King George VI Coronation Stool, 1937. The stool has a limed oak frame with seat covered in aged green velvet trimmed with gold braid. Under-seat with metal carrying handles, stamped to underside with maker name “B. North & Sons” ‘CORONATION’ and GVI cypher.
Dimensions height 47cm, width 46cm and depth 32cm
The Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth was held on 12thMay 1937.
Planned to be a grand and traditional affair the Coronation of George VI was planned in the mould of the coronation of his father George V.
The ceremony took place on the exact date planned for Edward VIII’s Coronation. George VI had been heavily involved with the arrangements for his brother’s coronation. Edward VIII had desired to have no coronation ceremony at all, and only agreed upon a paired down service. After the abdication crisis it was agreed the event would go ahead on the same date and on a larger scale.
Queen Mary took great interest in the design of the furniture for the ceremony and ensured it had a traditional feel in keeping with previous coronation ceremonies. The event was one of the first large outside broadcasts to be filmed as an outside broadcast for BBC Television (which was then in its infancy).
Furniture manufacturers based in High Wycombe, the centre of English chair making during this period, produced all of the chairs and stools for the ceremony.
For further pieces of coronation furniture included in our store see
These King George VI coronation stool pieces were used by guests during the coronation ceremony and were available for attendees to purchase after the event (as a way to help fund the ceremony itself). Originally the fabric would have had a blue tone, but typically over time all have faded to a green.
For similar coronation stools see the National Trust collection http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/object/930899
Dimensions: Height 47cm, width 46cm and depth 32cm
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Condition Report: Some looseness to joints, staining throughout and wear to the velvet throughout. Overall condition fair. (see images)