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A yew-wood, elm and ash Windsor armchair, Nottinghamshire, early 19th century

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A yew-wood, elm and ash Windsor armchair, Nottinghamshire, early 19th century stamped F. WALKER ROCKLEY, with a pierced central splat and ring-turned front arm supports, on ring-turned legs joined by a crinolene stretcher See Illustration

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The extra height of this particular chair suggests that it was made for a special use, perhaps to sit at a high desk.

Frederick Walker (fl. 1823-1871) was the longest serving chairmaker to work at the Methodist Community in Rockley. He joined the workshop under the first owner William Wheatland in 1823 and eventually became its owner around 1841 when this major centre of chairmaking almost disbanded. He and his son then carried on working until about 1871 producing one of the finest legacies of English Windsor chairs made in any regional tradition.

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