ROYAL MEMORABILIA: A pair of original King Edward VII coronation chairs, 1902
ROYAL MEMORABILIA: A pair of King Edward VII coronation chairs, 1902, in mahogany, with triple splats, drop in rushed seats and square form legs.
The chair stretchers bearing impressed stamp to back of seat rail ‘CORONATION’ and monogrammed EVII with a crown. One chair stamped underneath with maker name “Glenister Maker Wycombe”, the other stamped ‘S’.
Dimensions height 91cm x width 45.5cm x depth 52cm.
These chairs were used by the distinguished guests during the Coronation ceremony in August 1902.
An identical pair of Edward VII Coronation chairs are held in the The National Trust collection at Lanhydrock (NT 882966.1),with a further single included in the collection of Osterley Park.
The National Trust archive credits Ernest William Gimson (1864 – 1919) with the design of this chair. The chair design is additionally often credited to Ernest Barnsley.
For more information about the Gimson and Barnsley partnership see:
The Coronation of Edward VII and Alexandra was held at Westminster Abbey on 9thAugust 1902 (having been postponed from June due to the Kings ill health). Due to the successes of the Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations held for Queen Victoria only a few years prior, there was an expectation that a large coronation ceremony would cement the power of the monarchy and the new King. Therefore a committee to organise the event was created with music and design both important factors.
After the ceremony had taken place guests were allowed to acquire the furniture from the event. This tradition of making furniture available to purchase by distinguished guests continued for coronation and investiture ceremonies throughout the 20thcentury.
To watch a part of the Coronation procession see: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060000068
Glenister’s Furniture company were established in the mid 19thcentury by Daniel Glenister. Based in High Wycombe they were one of a number of manufacturers producing small pieces of furniture and in particular chairs.
High Wycombe became the biggest global producer of chairs during the 19thcentury and the industry supported a number of factories and a large workforce.
Glenister’s produced furniture for the royal households and were one of the principle manufacturers of chairs for King Edward VII coronation. Their work as makers of coronation furniture continued throughout the 20thcentury including Queen Elizabeth II coronation stools.
The Thomas Glenister Ltd company closed in 1990.
For more information about furniture manufacturing in High Wycombe area see
Further pieces relating to Coronation ceremonies are available in our store see KING GEORGE VI: A rare London Underground double crown poster designed by Harold Stabler (1872 – 1945), announcing the Coronation of George VI, 1937
Dimensions: 91 x 45.5 x 52cm
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Condition Report: In complete original condition, some surface scratches and minor wear in very good/ excellent condition in accordance with age and use.