Friday, 14 December 2012

History of the Porters Chair

Porters Chair 

This is a beautiful porters chair that we have just made for one our customers in bright red leather for further information please view our website on the following link


History of the Porters Chair

A porter's chair was a type of chair used in medieval England and later France. Usually formed in a high-grade leather or red velvet.
  It was placed by the front door of an estate or home for use by a gatekeeper servant who was in charge of screening guests and visitors. This was necessary since the door knocker might not be heard throughout the house.
Since there were often cold breezes near a front door, the chair was designed to envelop and keep the servant relatively warm in his task of remaining at the door for long periods. It is best described as a hollowed-out egg shape, very high and enclosed back, standing on end, four legs, with handrests and usually with a notch for a lantern at the side, allowing the person to sink back into it out of the wind and await visitors' knocks. (Notable current survivors exist at the London Branch of the Bank of England,).
  Some of these chairs were equipped with drawers underneath – where supplies or even hot coals could be kept

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