• Item: Victorian Swivel Office Arm Chair
• Circa: 1880
• Period: Victorian
• Cabinetmakers: Hampton & Sons, Pall Mall, London, UK
• Provenance: England, UK
• Wood: Solid oak
• Newly upholstered
• Dark green leather
• Upholstered arched backrest & seat
• Shaped arm supports
• Comfortable sprung padded seat
• Hand tacked brass studwork
• Splayed oak legs
• Rotates 360 degrees
• Extremely comfortable
• Large proportions
• Cleaned & serviced mechanism
• Excellent quality & condition
• Free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• 14-day free UK returns policy
Here is a fine quality antique English Victorian oak and dark green leather swivel captain’s office arm chair, circa 1880, made by the renowned cabinetmakers, Hampton & Sons of Pall Mall, London, which has been newly upholstered, and is in excellent condition.
This style of chair was also known as a “Captains chair” and boasts large proportions. The chair incorporates an arched oak framed backrest, incorporating an upholstered back, secured by down swept oak shaped arms.
The chair has been newly & professionally upholstered using top-quality full grain dark green leather, finished with hand-tacked brass studs to the perimeter. The seat has been re-sprung, to ensure it is firm but comfortable. The underside of the seat has been covered with traditional hessian in the traditional manner. This beautiful piece sits on four splayed legs, terminating on pad feet. The chair rotates 360 degrees the mechanism runs smoothly. The chair mechanism is in good working order, having been cleaned and serviced. The chair is extremely comfortable to sit on.
The chair exhibits a rich nut-brown oak colour. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.
This Victorian swivel office chair would look superb in a variety of rooms in the home, especially the office or study as it is so comfortable. This item would certainly grace any home. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
Hampton and Sons were cabinet makers of Antique Furniture and were first established in circa 1830 by William Hampton. He opened his first shop selling General household to more fine furniture in Cranbourn Street, in London. In 1869 Williams Two sons George and William joined his business and they expanded and moved to the larger premises 8 Pall Mall, London.
Hampton and Sons furnished some impressive properties and boats from the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary, the Theatre Royal of Drury Lane, the Duke of York Theatre, the Dorchester and the Mayfair Hotels and the palaces of two Indian princes, the Nizam of Hyderabad & the Maharajah of Kashmir.
Hampton and Sons had a few disasters throughout its history, it suffered a major fire in 1890 but they re-established and went to expand their business further. They bought several cabinet making firms starting with James Coulson and Co of Lisburn, Northern Ireland in 1898, and then Goodall, Lamb and Highway of King Street, Manchester and Robson and Sons Ltd of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (all very prestigious cabinet makers throughout history). In 1903, Waring & Gillow, acquired the whole of the ordinary share capital of Hampton and Sons. Both firms had stores in Oxford Street, London and it is said that the expiry of the former’s lease prompted the two firms coming together.
In 1926 Hampton and Sons opened a factory at Ingate Place, Battersea but in 1940 a bomb hit the Pall Mall premises and most of the building was destroyed. Because of this they decided to buy a controlling interest in the firm of Storey & Co Ltd of Kensington High Street where they established their new headquarters.
Hampton and Sons made fine quality pieces of antique furniture, so if you purchase a piece with their stamp, you know you will have a quality item that will last a lifetime if cared for correctly.
The chair and mechanism are in excellent working condition. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges of the oak frame but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The chair has been newly & professionally upholstered in a top-quality full grain dark green leather, which has been finished with hand-tacked brass studs to the perimeter. The seat has been re-sprung, to ensure it is firm but comfortable. The underside of the seat has been recovered with hessian in the traditional manner. Therefore, the leather is in excellent condition, with no signs of wear and tear, damage or holes etc. The cast iron mechanism has been cleaned and serviced. There is some play to the revolving mechanism but this is perfectly acceptable, and in line with the age of this piece of furniture. There are no breaks to the cast iron revolving mechanism. The chair frame features a rich brown oak colour, having been cleaned and polished in our workshops. This item is solid in joint and ready to use.
External height = 90.5cm or 35⅝” or 2ft 11⅝”
External width = 59.5cm or 23½” or 1ft 11½”
External depth = 62cm or 24⅜” or 2ft 0⅜”
Seat height = 54.5cm or 21½” or 1ft 9½”
Seat width (between arms) = 51.4cm or 20¼” or 1ft 8¼”
Seat width (whole of seat) = 56cm or 22” or 1ft 10”
Seat depth = 46.5cm or 22¼” or 1ft 10¼”
Arm height = 72.6cm or 28⅝” or 2ft 4⅝”
Back height (from seat) = 40cm or 15¾” or 1ft 3¾”
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