Fine Yew-wood Windsor Chair
of high-back form and with a wonderful colour and patination. Almost certainly grom the Gabbitass workshop due to the various features such as the ‘Christmas tree’ splat, scroll terminals to the arms, and profile of the turnings to the legs and arm supports.
Elizabeth Gabbitass was the wife of John Gabbitass, a Windsor chair maker who moved in 1842 from Retford, Nottinghamshire to begin what was to become a major chair manufacturing trade in Worksop. She took over the workshop on her husbands death in 1837 and continued to run the business for many years, employing and training many of the Worksop makers who were to set up in business in their own right, including Benjamin Gilling and Isaac Allsop.