ROYAL MEMORABILIA: An original HM Queen Elizabeth II Coronation stool, 1953
ROYAL MEMORABILIA: 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 makers stamp “North & Son, West Wycombe” and additionally with ‘CORONATION’ and EII monogram, “1953” and P.S. initial. The underside of the stool additionally has chalk mark “W.S”. This stool has a bespoke made damask type dust cover.
Dimensions height 48cm width 46cm depth 31cm
Condition report: In excellent overall condition, some very minor marking, maker label held with tacks which appear contemporary to stool.
The Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II was held on 2ndJune 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
Further items of Coronation Furniture are included in our store see ROYAL MEMORABILIA: An original King George VI Coronation chair, 1937
Dimensions: Height 48cm width 46cm depth 31cm
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Condition Report: In excellent overall condition, some very minor marking to legs and fabric, maker label held with tacks which appear contemporary to stool.