Wheelback Windsor Chair
The iconic Wycombe Wheelback Windsor chair.
Furniture making – particularly chair making – is the best-known aspect of Wycombe’s history, and this wheelback Windsor chair is typical of the Wycombe style. It was made in the 1850s and sold by A. Jessop.
The High Wycombe chair industry was just beginning to take off around the time this chair was made. Thirty years later, the town would be so closely identified with chair making that an arch made from chairs would be put up to welcome Queen Victoria when she visited the town. Local people were proud to welcome the Queen with a chair arch – other towns had welcomed her with arches decorated with coal or iron bars!