Military Theatre Seats8

Military Theatre Seats

An original pair of folding theatre seats in wrought iron, wood and vinyl, circa 1940s…

SKU: RC100015.

Product Description

A brilliant set of original theatre seats… (4 sets available)

Recently reclaimed from storage, we think these seats have some historical significance. Offered in their original and untouched condition, the seats are labelled underneath with ‘NAAFI A/M’. A quick Google search shows that the NAAFI headquarters were based in Amesbury, during the mid part of the 20th century. Having spoken to some military collectors, we are advised that these were ‘probably’ original seats as found in a NAAFI  theatre. For those like us, who are not experts on the word or the provenance, it stands for Navy, Army, and Air Force Institutes: an organisation providing canteens, shops, etc, for British military personnel at home or overseas…

The seats are offered in working condition, yet we do ask that one reads the full description before making a purchase (thank you)

Made in wood with wrought iron supports, the seats are complemented with padded cushions then finished with a Blue faux leather, or maybe vinyl material. They are comfortable to sit on and functional in many ways, especially as a space saving seating option or for an alternative and fun seat in one’s home. Their natural position is ‘folded’, therefore imagine these in a hallway or in any area where space is restricted, they would be perfect!

The important part is the condition. We like to offer items in ‘as found’ condition, therefore as pictured, we haven’t cleaned the seats, other than a quick wipe. This is good news, as we believe some TLC and a good deep clean will really bring these to life. When we discovered the seats, they were dismantled and not in their current form. We have therefore screwed the set together, and placed them on a piece of wood for stability. Please note, we have used modern screws to fix them together (which literally took 5 minutes), but one could easily rust some up to ‘get the look’ and replace the existing ones. With the above in mind, the seats as they stand (and as pictured) can be used and sat on as one would expect…

We are offering the seats in ‘as found’ condition, therefore there is some natural wear and tear. Structurally the seats are good and they perfectly ‘free stand’ on their hand made base. They have a good patina, showing signs of usage with scars and abrasions across the seats. There are some tatty and dirty areas, some small tears and generally with a weathered finished. We feel the current condition simply adds to their charm and authenticity. Please do study the photos to help with your analysis as it would be hard to highlight all imperfections…

We currently have four identical sets available, this listing is just for one set…

Dimensions : Depth : 45cm, Width : 118cm, Height : 80cm (Seat height : 45cm)

Condition : Structurally good, some surface scars and abrasions, some rusty areas, some tatty and dirty places, some paint chipping, weathered nature, some remnants of old wood worm holes (since treated)

Postage : Due to the size and weight of this item, it is listed as local collection only. We do however have an affordable courier on hand who would happily provide a postage quote to your address

You can view this product in our Ralph & Co. showroom in Burwell, Cambridgeshire, CB25 0AA

We are open Saturdays 9am to 5pm or personal viewing is available via appointment. Please do get in touch 07592 534 977

Additional Information

Dimensions 45 x 118 x 80 cm