19 Aug 2019
May 13, 2011 - Filed under: Antiques News,Victorian Dining Chairs — David

Victorian dining chairs and prize winning bulls may not seem an obvious combination. Nonetheless, both were on show at an annual Young Farmers’ Show near Dorking, Surrey. Among the Hunter welly and home-cooked pie stalls, one vendor was surrounded by antique dining chairs – there to show off his skill as an expert in the Restoration of antique dining furniture; specifically, the sort you sit on.

The restorer’s rapidly filling order book was testament to the growing popularity of Victorian dining chairs. In Cumbria and Lancashire, a similar picture is emerging. Demonstrating how an antique balloon back dining chair is restored makes perfect sense, when you consider the 2010 Westmorland County Show had demonstrations of wood carving, lace-making and coopering (barrel making) – country crafts which have been around for centuries. antique furniture restorers try to have trade stands at as many different shows as possible, and not just those showcasing antique desks. In Cumbria, the resident who has just inherited a set of badly worn Victorian balloon backed dining chairs may well be the same person with an interest in vintage tractor displays, or champion sheepdog trials.

In Cumbria and Lancashire, antique balloon backed dining chairs have an enduring popularity. Like the antique dining tables and antique desks you see in Preston antique dealers, they often get a lot of use – with inevitable consequences, given the number of times we sit down in a day. No matter how badly damaged your Victorian dining chairs are, Lancashire and Cumbria have plenty of expert restorers to give them the TLC they need.

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