Hi, I need help identifying the maker of a chair I'm restoring. I bought two painted chairs at Malvern Flee fair at the weekend thinking they were Ercol style and possible even a 50's utility chairs however as I have started to strip them I can't find any marks except the letters AE carver into the back of the underside of one of them.
I would really like to know the year they were made and who made them. There are identical chairs online calling themselves Ercol one of which has a 1960 Ercol kitemarked and one has a partial ercol sticker however I can't find a single reference to Ercol making such a chair in any of their online historical catalogues.
I plan to restore it whoever the maker is as I like the shape, but it would be great to know its history. I have found Ercol's 4 and 6 spindle stick back and Windsor chairs however this 5 spindle back is a mystery.
I can only find an image of a dark version of the chairs online ( mine are light under all the paint) however this is the exact same chair listed as 70's Ercol which seems to make no sense at all. I've also given a link to the same chair on ebay with the kitemark on but this just confuses me more as if this was made by Ercol in 1960 why isn't it in any of their advertising literature?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.