Rare Antique William Birch Armchair


 A very rare William Birch chair from the “Quaint” collection Marshall’s Yard, Seaton Street, Hampstead Road workshops, circa 1860. Suppliers to Liberty, Harrods & Heals, Birch chairs are highly sought after and very rare. Birch had factories at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and Hampstead London. The firm was established in 1840 as chair makers and by 1875 employed more than 50 workers. Later in the century they pioneered the use of machinery and developed cabinet making as an accompaniment to chairs. The Cabinet Maker, June 1886, reported that the firm had one of the smartest, largest and best managed factories in the town and produced work of the highest class. Birch were the preferred supplier to Liberty of London and were commissioned by Leonard Wyburd, as head of the Liberty Furniture Studio, designs included the Ethelbert and Athelstan chairs of 1901. This fabulous chair has beautiful form and a history/provenance to match. The perfect country house chair. 

Ready for reupholstering if required  we offer an in house upholstery service at extra cost if required. Cost varying on fabric choice. 

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.