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Upholstered Victorian Iron Back Chair - The Restoration

This chair was found in a barn and snaffled by me for a rescue operation. As you can see from the before photo, it was in desperate need of a thorough upholstering. Upholstering a Victorian Iron back is a lengthy process and so these photos just demonstrate a few of the processes required to bring this beautiful old chair back to life. Finished with some wonderfully interesting fabric.

Classic Victorian Iron Back Chair

Victorian Iron Back
1 - Before

Victorian Iron Back

2 - The chair is stripped and any frame repairs are made, rust is removed from the iron back.
This photograph shows the iron frame wrapped in fresh calico.

Victorian Iron Back
3 - A tight new hessian frame is added before a new roll is created and filled with coir fibre.

Victorian Iron Back
4 - Traditional methods call for traditional stuffing - horse hair!

Victorian Iron Back
5 - New webbing, followed by new springs, lashed tightly into place.

Victorian Iron Back
6 - A new scrim roll is stitched to the tight hessian, filled with coir and sewn into place.

Victorian Iron Back
7 - Stitching and the second horse hair stuffing.

Victorian Iron Back
8 - More horse hair is fixed into place.

Victorian Iron Back
9 - A step closer to being a new chair with the new calico and buttons.

Victorian Iron Back
10 - A finished iron back. Lovingly restored these chairs are a true labor of love.


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