26 May 2019
February 21, 2011 - Filed under: Antiques Advice,Victorian Dining Chairs — David

Preston residents are increasingly turning to loft conversions as a way of upsizing their homes – but there’s no need for mundane modernity. Instead, you can go for a stylish campaign apartment look – at far less cost. Lancashire is the perfect place to search out campaign furniture, such as folding Victorian dining chairs and break-down antique desks.

Lancashire and Cumbria are peppered with stately homes and illustrious family names. During the building of the British Empire, the young bloods of these families took officer commissions in the British Army. Because they wanted all the comforts of home – and wanted to show off how wealthy they were – they took their Victorian dining tables and antique cabinets with them, in folding or collapsible form.

Today, there’s a big market for campaign furniture in Preston, such as antique desks in the Sheraton or Chippendale style, but which break down for easy transport. Metamorphic furniture, for example antique desks which transform into Victorian dining tables, is another example. Many of the manufacturers were trunk makers, expanding their luggage business. However, army officers would also ask cabinetmakers to adapt standard designs from home. Everything, from four-poster beds to mirrors, was designed to be hung or erected in a tent. Look today, and you’ll see some ingenious ideas, such as wash-stands which convert from antique desks.

In Preston, you don’t have to have a loft conversion – for example, extra seating is always useful, so look for campaign-style Victorian dining chairs in Lancashire antique dealers. The Roorkhee, an attractive and much-copied design, looks perfect in a conservatory setting.

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