Chair of the month for May is this salesman’s miniature chair.

It was made in about 1865, probably by Glenister’s. It is quarter sized, about 42 cm high.

Victorian chair salesmen often took miniature chairs like this with them on their journeys. They set out with wagon loads of furniture to sell and miniature chairs to show what else could be ordered. After about 1870, when printed pictures of chairs were used instead, the small chairs were not usually thought to be worth keeping. This one was rescued from a bonfire, and eventually given to Wycombe Museum.

You can see this chair and find out more about chair design and marketing in Wycombe Museum’s exhibition, ‘The Art of the Chair’ until 2 Feb 2025.

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

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