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LEFT: The Gold Chesterfi eld is one of Springvale Leather’s most comfortable and impressive Chesterfi elds. Upholstered in Metallic Gold leather with fi bre between each button, makes the Gold Chesterfi eld really comfortable. Prices start from £800.00.


BELOW LEFT: The Derby chesterfi eld sofa from Distinctive Chesterfi elds.


Chesterfi eld Buying Guide An original Chesterfi eld sofa is renowned for its exceptional quality and craftsmanship from the frame and leather to the studding and castors. Each feature of a Chesterfi eld cannot be exceeded, so when purchasing a handmade Chesterfi eld it is important to be aware of poor quality imitations. An authentic Chesterfi eld will last a lifetime. When buying your Chesterfi eld sofa or


chair, you should thoroughly check over the frame, leather and fi nish to ensure you are buying an authentic Chesterfi eld. Consider the following Chesterfi eld features when purchasing to ensure you are buying an original Chesterfi eld and not an inferior imitation using low quality materials.


Handmade Hardwood Frame Using the fi nest solid hardwoods, hand selected for their strength and longevity, an authentic Chesterfi eld frame is handmade by apprentice trained master craftsmen using traditional methods in workshops to ensure the correct depth, height and width, and using dowels, screws and corner blocks for added strength. Each original


BOTTOM LEFT: A traditional leather suite, the Austin Chesterfi eld sofa range from Darlings of Chelsea.


BOTTOM RIGHT: Available from Saxon Leather the Grosvenor 3 seater sofa is priced £1,800.00 and is upholstered in Crystal Black.


Chesterfi eld frame undergoes a stringent quality control check for consistent size and shape. A highly skilled French polisher applies the numerous layers of the polish by hand to those areas exposed on the point of completion, for example, the legs and feet, and is allowed to harden over 48 hours in a specially control environment.


A Traditional Nailed Construction An authentic Chesterfi eld will be designed and constructed using nails to ensure the strength and longevity of the piece. The full hide leather will be applied by hand to the hardwood frame by a leatherworker using a traditional nailed method, which means the fi nish will not be uniform or consistent, adding to the individuality


of each authentic piece. A poor quality Chesterfi eld will typically be poorly stapled together or may use imitation nails glued in a strip to appear similar to a real Chesterfi eld sofa.


Taking on its Distinctive Shape Every authentic Chesterfi eld has individual coil springs or serpentine springs carefully applied to the hardwood frame by hand prior to padding, to ensure the long lasting shape and comfort of the piece. The padding is precisely made to suit by a professional pattern maker and is applied by hand, panel by panel. Sumptuous foam or luxurious feather usually adorn the optional cushioned base of an original Chesterfi eld, hand stuffed for consistent comfort and the very best fi nish.


72 Traditional Homes & Interiors | December 2010 – January 2011


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