ercol timeline

by ercol on July 5, 2012

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When Henry, the great-grandson of ercol’s founder, joined the company, he was the obvious choice to pull together a presentation of ercol’s history.  After a month rummaging through our archive, the result is now live on our website.  Starting in 1888 with the birth of Lucian Ercolani,  it follows his family’s move to the UK, his training in the furniture industry and founding of ercol in 1920.

Key moments in the company’s history over the subsequent ninety years, including some wonderful photos of the old factory, are traced out, amongst others the launch in the 1950s of what would fifty years later become the ercol Originals, the introduction of the first computers and CNC machines, through to today’s modern designs.

You can take a peek at the timeline here.  We hope you enjoy it.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna July 12, 2012 at 11:36

BRILLIANT – As a great admirer of the early Ercol furniture it is interesting to know the history of Ercol. Fantastic to see generations of families have been involved with the manufacturing of Ercol. The PDF of the 1956 catalogue is very interesting to view. Well done Ercol !


Bob Grant March 29, 2013 at 13:06

I have spent over 30 years restoring old Ercol for many people. I have a few very rare bits myself including an oak three piece suit from the 1930s and a small dome fronted carved oak dresser from the 1920s, this still has the Ercol paper label and a badge from the retailers attatched to it. I would like to find out more about the very early items made from oak. Where are they? Where can we see them? even a place to upload photos would be great. I have plenty to add. There is plenty of Ercol that’s had a quick sanding off but the secret is patience and knolledge to re finish Ercol properly. Rush it and you will ruin it like all work.


ercol April 2, 2013 at 11:29

Hi Bob,

Have you had a look at the archive section on our website? Here you can find our catalogue from 1933 which may have the pieces you refer to in them. We’d love to see some pictures – you can post them on our facebook page: or there is a group page “friends of ercol”: where I think you’ll find some like-minded enthusiasts. Your idea of a central place for people to upload to is a good one and we’ll have a think on that.

Thanks, ercol


kim October 12, 2013 at 10:29

I want to buy an Ercol extending dining table, sometimes called the “Grand Windsor” (not sure that’s correct though) anyway the 5 legged table. I would like to know if, when extending the table, both leaves have to be used or whether there is the option of using only one leaf.


ercol October 14, 2013 at 14:43

Hi Kim, our large Windsor extending dining table is the 1194 table. This has two leaves and can be extended using one or both. Kind regards, ercol


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