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Set of Four Rare 1950s Vintage Ercol ‘Windsor’ Model F182 Dining Chairs

A rare set of four, very early Ercol Windsor chairs, featuring the original quality stamp, they have an amazing history and yet are still ready and solid for use today. These chairs are Ercol model number F182 and they carry the CC41 utility mark at the back of the seat. It stands for ‘Commodity Controlled’ and the CC41 scheme was launched in 1941 during the second world war by the British Board of Trade and applied to goods, including furniture, as proof that the item met the government’s austerity regulations. The scheme ran for 10 years and so dates the chairs between 1941-1951. This early design is more utilitarian and boxy than the later Ercol Windsor models which have a softer, more refined design – it’s fascinating to see where the classic Windsor design started and how it evolved. This quartet includes a carver too, a particularly hard to find piece, and they have been thoughtfully and carefully restored to not strip away all their scars and history. Constructed in beech and British elm, they are in remarkable solid, stable order. Mix and match with other Ercol dining chair models for a contemporary dining area.

SKU: S515


These original, used chairs are ‘sold as seen’ and are in good – very good, vintage condition. The chairs have been cleaned and then sensitively restored. This involved careful removal of the original finish by stripping and sanding, then top-grade oil and then a durable, natural wax polish. There are still minor scuffs and marks though as we didn’t want to strip them of their character and age. You will notice when you browse our photos that one of the chair seats has a slightly darker parch on it where something has been rested, a plant most likely, and penetrated the wood a little. All four chairs are stable and solid with no repairs and they all have the original dark blue Ercol labels on the back. In fact two have the original price labels underneath too.

REGULAR: H: 84.5cm / W: 40.5cm / D: 51cm / Seat Height: 43.5cm
CARVER: H: 84.5cm / H to Top of Arm: 70cm / W: 61cm / D: 51cm / Seat H: 43.5cm / Seat W: 39.5cm