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Hello again here's a piece that I guess will be of more interest, I'm no furniture expert but this is definitely hand made and it's very well constructed, the seat is elm and the arms are beech a good polish should give more of an idea of the rest of it. Judging by the patina this chair has some age, I picked it up at the local re-cycle yard for £10 but can't seem to find a similar one.IMG_20180704_113630189.jpgIMG_20180704_113648036.jpg

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Just to add the mark on the right of the seat was just a leaf stuck on and wiped off with my fingers

I found the closest match to yours, thus far.  The main difference is your chair does not appear to have stretchers?  That is a little odd, I think...or maybe just not an H stretcher?

http://www.antiquechairmatching.com/chairs/793-oak-carver-wanted.html

This is a factory made English-style Windsor made in the 20th century. Molly found a very close match (I think yours might have stretchers too though can't be seen because of where you took your pictures from?) If you are in the UK and want to sell your chair you should try to contact the listing Molly sent you. I wish we had a similar site in the US.

Hi Jeff mine doesn't have stretchers but it is fairly sturdy, I'm fascinated by the different techniques employed in the making of these but it's not easy to learn! What are the pointers to look for in a factory made chair compared to a hand crafted one? I had assumed it was in the slight variations in carving around the back loop and seat etc and the 1-2mm difference in thickness of the back supports and hadn't realised the factories replacated those details.

Thank you for your time and patience.

If you want to learn furniture, you need to look at a lot of authentic antiques, and you need to get reference books. Look for local museums or historical societies and high priced antique stores. Ask questions. Buy or take books from the library. The books I have are mostly American furniture, but I’m sure there are similar for English. Two good American furniture books are Fake, Fraud, or Genuine by Kaye, and The Impecunius Collectors Guide to American Antiques by Kirk.

ME, TOO!

Thanks Jeff I've just ordered fake fraud and genuine, I already take every opportunity to visit auctions, antique shops etc. I think I need to start asking far more questions! Thanks for the good advice.

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