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November 13, 2017

An original coronation stool from H M the Queen’s coronation at Westminster Abbey on the 2nd June, 1953. The stools were especially made for the coronation by firms in the High Wycombe area, Buckinghamshire. Stools were used by the peer’s consorts and their pages, and then offered for sale once the Coronation had finished.

The style is very similar to the stools made for King George VI’s coronation in 1937 (except with a Royal Blue velvet, rather than a Blue-Green) and was heavily influenced by the taste of Queen Mary, who made a conscious decision to copy farthingale chairs of the Elizabeth period, in deliberate contrast to the designs Edward Barnsley had come up with for the intended coronation of Edward VIII- which, of course, never took place.