Officers mess hall chairs

Browsing e bay as I do I came across these chairs.  Recognising them as possible RAF chairs I e mailed the owner and asked if there were any markings to them and hey presto she got back and said there were.  Popping in a bid I won, hurrah and collected them on my way home from Manchester Airport.  The chairs are of a dining room type.  Studded leather or faux leather padding forms the seated sections.  On the underside of the seat body are the usual AM markings.  Also burned into the frame the word ‘sold’ presumably popped on when they were sold from RAF stores/scrappers.  Made by W Birch in 1936. The chairs are all in worn out condition and require some attention to re gluing their joints. Battered and worn they are still lovely chairs and would have looked good in any officers mess or ante room back in the day.

   

             

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Air Ministry directors chair. ‘Dispersal’ chair.

clearing out my garage today ready for our move back to Blighty I stumbled across a couple of directors style foldingbchairs that had slipped my mind.  These chairs are often seen in photographs of crews waiting at their dispersal points awaiting the call to ‘scramble’.  Made by Lloyd and Co London the pair are both stamped with the usual AM and Crown logo and a 1940 date.  Canvas covers adorn both chairs.  Lovely items that show their age and are a tad rickety but in good usable condition.