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Is it Ercol? Part 1: Labels

Updated: Jul 13

With a variety of Ercol ranges to choose from, it is often hard to identify whether a piece might be Ercol.

In this post we will focus on identifying the most popular Ercol Range - Windsor.


Ercol 482 Dressing Table
Ercol 482 Dressing Table

Ercol comes in an array of woods, tints and finishes as well as ranges. This got us thinking:


What are the identifying features of Ercol furniture? We buy a lot of our furniture either unseen or from a grainy photo so sometimes it is not until it arrives and we see it up close and personal that we can be sure of its true identity.



Original Keys



Ercol labels and how have they changed over time?

Blue Labels

These are metallic stickers in gold and blue design (although the gold turns silver when partially rubbed off). They leave a sticky residue which can often be spotted where a label has fallen off.

Ercol Production sticker 1954-1957
Ercol Production sticker 1954-1957
Ercol sticker Made in England 1956-1976
Ercol Made in England sticker 1956-1976

Gold Labels

These are metallic gold stickers - they tend not to leave residue so can be hard to spot where they are missing.

Ercol gold sticker (design and year) 1977-1980
Ercol gold sticker (design and year) 1977-1980
Ercol gold sticker (no year of model number) 1981-1995
Ercol gold sticker (no year of model number) 1981-1995

Metal Badges

These are solid metal button badges which are recessed into the wood of the furniture.

Ercol tree button badge 1996-2002 (silver then gold)
Ercol tree button badge 1996-2002 (silver then gold)

ERCOL button badge 2002
ERCOL button badge 2002

ercol button badge 2006-2013
ercol button badge 2006-2013

Where to look?

Rather depends on the badge itself, blue label tends to be discreet but visible on the side of the frame or underneath. Gold label tends to be hidden underneath. Button badges tend to be clearly visible on the side of the frame.

  • Seats - Back and centre or underneath

  • Cabinets, units and dressing tables - top left (occasionally top right) of back

  • Sideboards - top left inside door (occasionally top right)

  • Settees and footstools - side and underneath frames

  • Tables - side of the frame and under the tabletop.



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