Antique Chesterfield or Antiqued Chesterfield Furniture?

“What is the difference between an antique chesterfield and an antiqued chesterfield?”

This is a question i am asked often.

The answer is very simple- an antique chesterfield is an old sofa, with an old frame, and old foams and leather. An antiqued chesterfield is a new sofa with a new frame and foams/ springs and leather, which goes through a hand applied antiquing process to give it an aged appearance.

Well which is best i hear you ask?

The answer is different for different people:

Some crave originality and are prepared to live with the comprimise (a sixty year old sofa will not take the same daily use as a new sofa).

Others prefer to sacrifice the originality of an old sofa for a new one which can be used as an everyday piece of furniture, yet still retains the appearance of a used chesterfield.

6 Responses to “Antique Chesterfield or Antiqued Chesterfield Furniture?”

  1. Wilfred wrote

    February 29th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    So is it possible to make a new settee look like an original, antique chesterfield?
    If so, how resilient is the leather once it has been aged.

    I have been looking at an antique red couch recently and thought that an old settee was the only option for the look i wanted to achieve, but this antiquing process sounds really interesting!

    How cheap are these to buy also?

    I assume that this process can be applied to a wing chair also?



  2. Steve wrote

    March 3rd, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    The process of antiquing can be achieved on any piece of furniture so, yes a wing chair could be finished in this way. As for costs, an heirloom antique chesterfield will be quite costly, whereas a new chesterfield which has an antique green or red finish, for example, can be purchased for as little as £800.00!

  3. Eric wrote

    March 6th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    So, were Antique Chesterfields made to a higher on lower standard than a modern chesterfield? I was seriously considering buying an old chesterfield, but am concerned about the fire retardency of it, so if i could get a new chesterfield sofa which appeared to be an old one, i would be very happy. Its just the modern (sloppy) build quality that concerns me?


  4. Steve wrote

    June 28th, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Hi Eric,

    In terms of build quality, i cannot speak for other manufacturers, but our construction and quality control process easily. rivals that of a traditional antiqued chesterfield.
    Why not take a look at our range by clicking on the link at the top right of the page?


  5. KrisBelucci wrote

    June 2nd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Great post! Just wanted to let you know you have a new subscriber- me!

  6. GarykPatton wrote

    June 16th, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    How soon will you update your blog? I’m interested in reading some more information on this issue.

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