A day off, and a glorious day, but at 30c it's a bit hot to be doing things outdoors, so I am inside playing with furniture.
This morning I was the lucky and very grateful recipient of two wooden chairs from a fellow Freegler. You may remember the woodworm incident that demolished my little desk chair... well I have been keeping an eye out on Freegle for something to replace it. When these were offered yesterday I couldn't have been more delighted.
Not only are they the right size for my desk, but they are exactly the right style to go with it and I LOVE the look of them! Especially the spindle back that goes down to the bottom rung.
The maker's mark on the base and a subsequent online search reveals that they are authentic 1960's Ercol and I have just found a picture of them in the archived 1965 catalogue. 'All-Purpose Windsor Chairs' made of beech and elm apparently. And quite coveted it appears. But I will not be selling them, they will live happily in my living room, one at my desk and one at my dining table.
They need some cleaning and a bit of light sanding, and there is of course the temptation to paint the spindle back and legs, but I can't quite bring myself to do that so I will leave them natural for now and just finish them with some sort of non-toxic polish or wood protector.
They are absolutely perfect for me and I couldn't be more grateful, I love these chairs!
And Freegle. If you have something similar near you, Freecycle or the like, do make use of it. I've given away all sorts of things I no longer needed, other people have been happy to receive them, and it keeps things out of landfill and from cluttering up your garage... And you never know, you might find something you need. You meet some nice people too. Win win.
(I have just seen that Ercol are now making an updated version of these - a snip at around £300 each!)