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Middlebury Windsor Chairs
Consider the comfort of a Windsor chair. We offer handcrafted authentic reproductions and interpretations of this wonderful classic.
The Windsor chair first appeared in the 1700's in England as a lawn chair. It was seen in the colonies by mid-century. Our chairs are handmade reproductions of 18th century American Windsor chairs, finished in old-fashioned milk paint.
Color and Construction
All chairs are hand painted with powdered milk paints that give a matte finish; these are authentic, but not suitable for outdoor use. Colors include Black (a mix of Windsor Green and True Black); authentic Windsor Green; Salem Red, and Slate (a mix of Windsor Green and True Black).
Unpainted chairs are available.
Our craftsman makes his versions in ash, with pine seats, and red oak crest rails and "ears". All parts are handcarved. Green wood is used in the making, and the parts will shrink together as they season. Tapered legs are wedged from the top into the seat.
Other woods may be available for custom orders: Birch, Hickory, and Maple.
Chairs are sold individually (prices above) or as sets. These typically consist of two arm chairs and two to eight side chairs to form sets for dining rooms. Chairs are shipped fully assembled. Please call 1-888-320-6323 for shipping and handling information.
1. Image: High-back Windsor armchair, Philadelphia, ca. 1765. (Mr. and Mrs. James Palmer Flowers collection; photo, Winterthur Museum.) [http://www.chipstone.org/publications/1996AF/Evans/SmallWindow/04ES.html]
2. Frog Backs and Turkey Legs: The Nomenclature of Vernacular Seating Furniture, 17401850