Late Victorian Campaign Style Folding Chair by Heal & Son London
A late Victorian Folding Campaign Style Chair by Heals of London.
Often labelled as campaign furniture, folding chairs were largely popularised during the late nineteenth century for use as garden and conservatory furniture. Heals had a number of differing models which appear in their trade catalogues of the period.
This example bears all the hallmarks of Heals’ superior design with an unusual ratchet mechanism allowing for varying angles of inclination to the back. The brass hoops lift to connect with a number of metal pins fixed into the backrest rails and will fold flat when drawn to full height.
With its original carpet style upholstery this is a rare survivor and is in superb condition. It also maintains its brass retailer’s plaque bearing the name of “Heal & Son, 196 Tottenham Court Road, London”. The building remains under Heals ownership today (although no longer family owned) and has been continuously occupied since 1818 when Heals began as a bedding manufacturer.
Heals’ name has been synonymous with good design and was a large supporter of the Arts & Crafts Movement. The most famous member of the family, Ambrose Heal was himself at the forefront of furniture manufacture as both a designer and industry campaigner, being a founding member of the Design Council.