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The Falcon Inn Chair

An early 17th-century oak panel-back armchair; the scrolled carved cresting above a floral-carved panel set within a strapwork-carved frame with applied inner mouldings; the scrolled arms raised on baluster-turned supports; the single-plank moulded and shaped seat on shaped and carved rails; with baluster-turned legs and plain stretchers; old label glued on back of panel: 'Chair from the Falcon Inn, Bidford where Shakespeare held his Club meetings'; English, Gloucestershire or Warwickshire, about 1630; extensive worm damage to base and rear of seat, turned finials missing, applied mouldings replaced, right arm-support repaired., English, Gloucestershire or Warwickshire, about 1630; extensive worm damage to base and rear of seat, turned finials missing, applied mouldings replaced, right arm-support repaired. Thought at one time to have been used by Shakespeare, who allegedly drank at the Falcon Inn. The date of production makes this supposition implausible (info from duplicate record)., An oak panel-back armchair, once thought to have been used by Shakespeare at the Falcon Inn in Bidford-on-Avon. Now believed to date from about 1630, i.e. some 14 years after his death.

  • Object number

    STRST : SBT 1865-5

  • Date made

    c. 1630

  • Material

    wood oak

  • Measurements

  • Height

    1.14 metres

  • Marks & inscriptions

    label : glued : back of panel : : Chair from the Falcon Inn, Bidford where Shakespeare held his Club meetings,

  • Location

    Shakespeare's Birthplace - Exhibition room

  • Credit line

    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust