Antique English Victorian Solid Elm Revolving Office Desk Arm Chair by Glenisters of High Wycombe (Circa 1880)


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Object Description

Here is a good quality antique English Victorian solid elm revolving office armchair, made by Glenister’s of High Wycombe, circa 1880, in excellent condition.

• Item: Revolving office armchair
• Circa: 1880
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance: England, UK
• Cabinetmaker: Glenister’s of High Wycombe
• Wood: Solid elm
• Height adjustable mechanism
• Curved bar back
• Wrap around arms
• Turned spindle supports
• Saddle shaped seat
• Splayed oak legs
• Replacement brass castors
• Rotates 360 degrees
• Adjustable height
• Cleaned & serviced mechanism
• Very comfortable
• Lovely mellow oak colour
• Excellent condition
• Free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• 14-day free UK returns policy

Here is a good quality antique English Victorian solid elm revolving office armchair, made by Glenister’s of High Wycombe, circa 1880, in excellent condition. The armchair features a comfortable curved bar back, connected to wrap around arms, supported by a bank of turned spindles. The chair features a solid elm saddle-shaped seat. The chair sits on four splayed elm legs that terminate on replacement solid brass castors, which are made in England. The chair incorporates a revolving mechanism and it rotates 360 degrees; the seat height can be adjusted by turning a ribbed metal screw on the underside of the chair. The chair mechanism has been cleaned, restored and serviced and is in excellent working order. The chair frame is sturdy and the item is extremely comfortable to sit on, as it features a lovely padded seat.

The armchair features a mellow brown elm colour. It has a lovely colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.

This item would look superb in a variety of rooms in the home, especially the office or study as it is so comfortable. This item would certainly grace any home. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.

The following information provides dimensions on when the chair height is lowered and also raised to its highest setting using by adjusting the central steel rod:

External height (raised) = 91.5cm or 36” or 3ft
External height (lowered) = 83.2cm or 32¾” or 2ft 8¾”
External width = 64cm or 25⅛” or 2ft 1⅛”
External depth = 59cm or 23¼” or 1ft 11¼”
Seat height (raised) = 56.7cm or 22⅜” or 1ft 10⅜”
Seat height (lowered) = 50cm or 19⅝” or 1ft 7⅝”
Seat width (between arms) = 37.9cm or 15” or 1ft 3”
Seat width (whole of seat) = 48cm or 18⅞” or 1ft 6⅞”
Seat depth = 43cm or 17” or 1ft 5”
Arm height (raised) = 83.1cm or 32¾” or 2ft 8¾”
Arm height (lowered) = 76.5cm or 30⅛” or 2ft 6⅛”
Back height (from seat) = 37.2cm or 14⅝” or 1ft 2⅝”

The price for this item is £475 including free delivery to England, Wales & Southern Scotland*.

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland (anywhere south of Stirling). *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland; for example, the Isle of Man, Isle of White and Channel Islands. If you live in one of the areas where we do not offer free delivery, please contact us for a delivery quote before purchasing the item. Delivery will be made by our specialised antique furniture delivery service, or in some cases we will use a courier service for distant deliveries.

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Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy (from the date you receive the item) is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you (we do not charge a return fee / collection fee). You will be given a full refund as long as the item is returned in the same condition. We will collect returns using our own specialist furniture delivery company. We will not accept returns via a courier service (due to experience of damaged items in transit). This refund policy only applies to deliveries to the UK.

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About the Seller:
This item is being sold by Yola Gray Antiques who is an accredited member of LAPADA (the UK’s largest Trade Association of Professional Art and Antique Dealers) and CINOA. CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations. All LAPADA & CINOA members abide by their strict code of practice by adhering to reputable standards of quality, expertise and integrity.

Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Please visit the Yola Gray website at for further items and information.

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Object History

Daniel Glenister was a local publican in High Wycombe. If the local chairmakers couldn’t pay their tab at the bar, they would make chairs for him out of spare parts, which he would then sell. He soon found this to be more lucrative than his pub and Glenister’s was founded as a company at Queen’s Square, in 1839. By 1845, the company had moved to Oxford Road and by 1851 employed 50 people. In 1865, the company entered into partnership with John Gibbons, becoming Glenister and Gibbons – this partnership would survive until at least 1888. By 1895 Daniel’s son Thomas Glenister was operating out of Temple End, a substantial site base around the 17th-18th Century farmhouse called Temple House, in High Wycombe. The business primarily produced Windsor-style chairs, refectory tables, settees and armchairs, also taking orders from the Ministry of Supply, providing furniture for barracks, libraries and hospitals. In 1953, the company made stools and chairs for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The company closed in 1990.

Object Condition

The chair and mechanism are in excellent condition, considering its age. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges of the chair but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The seat is solid and features lovely grain configuration. The adjustable height mechanism is in good working order, having just been cleaned, restored and serviced. There is some play to the mechanism but this is perfectly acceptable, and in line with the age of the chair. The chair features a mellow elm colour, having been cleaned and French polished in our workshops. The chair sits on four splayed solid elm legs that terminate on replacement solid brass castors, which are made in England. This item is solid in joint and ready to use.

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