Antique chair project

This chair was brought to our shop (as is) by a client. The chair had just been re-done by an upholsterer. Although, [to the eye] it looked great, the client complained that when she sat on it, something did not feel right with the seat.

First, we just opened it up on the bottom, because it felt like there might be a broken/torn seat strap. What we discovered inside was almost unbelievable.

Below are pictures of the chair as we got further into stripping down what had been covered up previously. Further photos will show how we took it step by step, stripping, fixing and re-covering the chair - bringing it back to how it should have been done to start with!