A West Lancashire auction house has called for local people to search their homes for antique lambing chairs, following the recent sale of a rare piece.
Silverwood auctioneers issued a plea for people in the West Lancashire region to look out for the antique chairs. Hill Speak, the furniture expert of Silverwoods, has been an avid collector of the rare lambing chairs since he was just 15 years old. He said:
“These chairs are becoming very sought after and we have seen prices for good examples double in the saleroom in just the last two years.”
The chairs are typically made of elm or oak, although earlier designs may be made of pine. The lambing chairs are usually found in the North of England, in Lancashire’s farming areas. The seats originally had a box seat, which was covered by a lid so that orphaned lambs could be placed inside to be kept warm. The recent 18th-century chair sold at auction for £2,500 to a collector in London.
According to Speak, the chairs may be discovered at a traditional Lancashire pub, although they have mostly been discarded in favour of upholstered items. Speak added that they are extremely comfortable when accompanied by a cushion or two. The expert’s fear is that owners of these rare chairs may have thrown them out, believing them to be uncomfortable.
Vintage furniture remains popular in a home, especially antique settees. Lancashire is a popular region for those who are looking for fine antique pieces.
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