Rare, Antique, and Inexpensive 19th Century Chairs: For Sale on eBay

A crafted chair made of walnut with intricate padding and designed back is nothing less than a painting. If you're interested in buying these inexpensive 1800 antique chairs, eBay can help you find a classic masterpiece.

What are the major types of 19th-century antique chair styles?
  • Dining chair: Mostly made from mahogany or walnut, these chairs had wooden back, enabling you to line the chairs along the wall as it was customary in the 19th century.
  • Hall chair: These chairs were often found in the homes of the rich and famous. They are easily identified by their narrow back, which often has decorated features.
  • Armchair: Often confused with the dining chair, these armchairs are top of the range items. Chairs with padded arms and fine upholstery are rare pieces of 19th-century furniture.
  • Corner chairs: These are also high-priced items that were often custom-designed to make them fit the corner. The style that curves around into an ornamental foot is a sought-after collector's item.
  • Country chairs: Windsor chairs and rocking chairs are examples of this style. These chairs are simple and mostly used in balconies or gardens.
Useful dates and brands

Any 19th-century antique chair can be categorized into three distinct periods that start from the era of King George III and IV between 1812 and 1830. Satinwood and Rosewood were used during this period.

The period is followed by William IV era when chair designs remained constant, but there was a renewed emphasis on adapting country woods for manufacturing. After 1837, the Victorian period continued until the early 20th century. During the era, country wood was preferred until rosewood became a dominant choice for antique chairs in the late 19th century.

Stylish antique chairs manufactured between 1800 and 1899 were marked by their manufacturers. Finding a manufacturer's stamp can greatly increase the overall value of the chair. Some well-known names to look for include Gillow, Howard & Sons, Kriegor, Lexcellent, Maple, and Thomas Schoolbred.

Differences in the 19th century and 18th-century chair

Since the 18th-century designs reappeared in the 19th century, it's often difficult to differentiate the chairs of these two distinct periods. You can often tell the difference by looking at the construction design as chairs in the 18th-century were constructed by running the splat from the top rail to the shoe. These early chairs were also strengthened by corner brackets under the chair. In contrast, 19th-century used antique chairs utilized a single piece of wood to build splat and the shoe. It also used solid blocks that were glued or screwed into the seat rails.