ROYAL MEMORABILIA: An original HM Elizabeth II Coronation Chair, 1953
ROYAL MEMORABILIA: An original HM Elizabeth II Coronation Chair, 1953.
The frame in limed oak with seat and back rest upholstered in blue velvet trimmed with gold braid. The backrest is embroidered with the ERII cypher, underside impressed with manufactures stamp “W. Hands & Son” additionally stamped “ER Coronation” and impressed “1953” The chair includes the original seat number ‘118’ to top of back rest, and corresponding cardboard ‘O.H.M.S’ label indicating the location of placement within Westminster Abbey inscribed “Section 3”.
Dimensions:85cm high x 39 wide (at widest seat point) x 39cm deep
The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was held on 2ndJune 1953 at Westminster Abbey.
The ceremony was a very large celebration with several thousand distinguished guests in attendance. The numbers of guests were fewer than George VI coronation, due to the reduction in seating behind the alter. Planning for such an important event took over 12 months.
The design of the chairs and stools produced for the ceremony was taken from those created for the King George VI Coronation in 1937. The Ministry of Works were responsible for commissioning all furnishings for the coronation. As had been the case for George VI coronation furniture manufacturers based in High Wycombe, the centre of English chair making during this period, produced all of the chairs and stools. 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.
The cost of ceremony itself was over £1.5 million in 1953 (The budget for George VI coronation was a very similar amount). The purchase price of a stool was £4, 7 shillings and sixpence.
For more pieces of Coronation furniture included in our store see:
To read more interesting facts about the Coronation ceremony see https://www.royal.uk/50-facts-about-queens-coronation-0
Condition report: Overall in good condition in accordance with age, some wear to the velvet on backrest top, staining to seat including circular stain, and some blue coloured marks (see images).
Dimensions: 85cm high x 39 wide (at widest seat point) x 39cm deep
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Condition Report: Overall in good condition in accordance with age, some wear to the velvet on backrest top, staining to seat including circular stain, and some blue coloured marks (see images).