Rare Early Antique Elm Lacemakers Stool Originating From Olney Buckinghamshire The Birthplace Of English Lacemakers Circa 1800


A beautiful rare early antique elm lacemakers work stool with hand forged wrought iron tristar foot rest frame. Circa 1800. Beautiful thick open grained dish shaped circular elm seat. Fabulous patina from years of use, turned legs and lovely original worn tristar foot rest frame.The stretcher bars run through the legs and are then hand riveted over with an end cap - very industrial and a sign of the quality of the stool and the hard use it was expected to take on a daily basis. The stretchers were designed in this manner, for the lacemaker to be able to tuck their clogs up underneath the stool whilst sitting. A rare survivor that originates from the village of Olney in Buckinghamshire England. Continental lacemakers came to this area of North Buckinghamshire as a result of religious persecution in their own countries from the late 1500s through to the late 1600s. The lacemakers, particularly those from Lille and Mechlin, settled here in the small market town of Olney and taught the local women to make bobbin lace and thus began a cottage industry which lasted for over 300 years. A beautiful piece of historical English furniture in original condition, untouched from the day of manufacture.

Perfect bedside table, sofa side table, seat or occasional side table.

53cm Height x 31cm Width/Depth.

As a genuine antique / vintage item there is wear and use commensurate with age. Some wooden products may have signs of historic woodworm. As a precaution we apply a clear triple action woodworm treatment that also kills wet rot, dry rot and woodworm. Please look at all the images carefully and ask any questions pre purchase as we do not unfortunately offer refunds due to the size and shipping costs of our antiques/items.  All our items are available on line at Search & Rescued and other online stores.