Old Fashioned Historic Style Porters Chair
in Crush Red Velvet Round
Dome top chair removable seat cushion
HISTORY OF PORTERS CHAIRS
A *porter's chair* was a type of chair
used in medieval England and later France Usually
formed in a high-grade leather or red velvet ( newer styles
can included white, beige or just about any fabric ).
It was placed by the front door of an estate
or home for use by a gatekeeper servant who was
in charge of screening guests and visitors.
This was necessary since the door knocker
might not be heard throughout the house.
Since there were often cold breezes near a
front door, the chair was designed to envelop
and keep the servant relatively warm in his task of
remaining at the door for long periods.
It is best described as a hollowed-outegg shape, very
high and enclosed back, standing on end,
four legs, with hand rests and sometimes with a
notch for a lantern
at the side, allowing the person to sink back into
it out of the wind and await visitors' knocks.
These Downton Abbey style chairs were and are still made to keep the heat from a fireplace
on your body.
A fireplace at the turn of the century only warmed your front, where the "Well To Do"
had done cushioned chairs to keep the heat in with you. They make great cigar smoking chairs
and also have heard of folks putting in lights at the top and even speakers for tremendous musical effect
This one is a winner, hand crafted hand made, each a unique piece of art solid mahogany frame.
Very limited supply on these!
18" tall to seat from floor to top of seat cushion
61" overall height
30.5" wide at widest point
31" overall depth
Extra Firm seat cushion
Age: New Antique Reproduction