After a few failed attempts at auction to win a chair of this type I finally managed it via the dreaded e bay and hurrah the chair arrived today. I first saw this type of chair in a photograph of an RAF class or office scene and also in a photograph of an early RAF billet. Thinking that the chair format was too ornate for usual Air Ministry patterns I dismissed it but it stuck in the back of my mind and to my surprise it would appear that this chair pattern was purchased and adopted by the Air Ministry pre WW2. Of a windsor style with Stickback supports and and arm runner going the full diameter of the chair, with turned legs and a H type stretcher the chair is really lovely and very comfortable to sit in. A real gem. I only wish I had won the other two I bid on.
This chair dates to 1938. Made by Haines of High Wycombe the chair epicentre of Great Britain back then. The AM and crown stamp has as usual been burned into the underside of the base. Although not amazingly clear in the picture, the AM can be seen as can the crown impression. The makers signature and date are also on the underside.