Chair of the month for July is a chair caner’s stool.

This low stool was used between about 1870 and 1950 by women working as chair caners, who needed a low stool to work comfortably. This example is a Windsor construction, like a Windsor chair without the back. The last woman to use the stool was Mrs Rolph, who lived in Bowerdean Road, High Wycombe.

To see an example of a chair with a caned seat, see our Chair of the Month for March 2023.

To find out more about women’s work in chair seat making and other Chilterns crafts, visit the museum’s exhibition Hidden Hands, on until 10 September 2023.

You may also be interested in our two related talks:

🪑 The Data Behind Hidden Hands
📅 Wed 5th July, 7.30pm
🎟️ Tickets here

🪑 Chairmaking, A Cottage Industry
📅 Wed 2nd August, 7.30pm
🎟️ Tickets here

Find out more about the exhibition ‘Hidden Hands: Women and Work in the Chilterns

Chair of the Month is a partnership between Wycombe Museum and the Regional Furniture Society.

More Chairs of the Month:

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