This is a small Victorian ‘Crinoline’ or ‘Iron back’ chair. So called because the frame of the chair is made of Iron and the frame structure is similar to the fame work of the crinoline skirts and dresses worn by Victorian ladies. It was popular after world war one as iron was in good supply. They make very strong and pretty chairs that last many lifetimes.
In these pictures you can see it was covered in a Blue Dralon fabric, although as I stripped it back to its frame I found evidence of many other fabrics underneath this one. Next you can see the Iron frame in all its glory, clean and ready for a new life. With Iron back frames the structure must be created by stitching hessians directly onto the frame by hand, a real labour of love. The stuffing can then be completed on the back lumber support and seat, three rows of strong blind stitching and one row of top stitch ensure strength is added.
The buttoning is carefully added before finishing the final fabric.