Learn about Windsor Chair

The Windsor chair, the prototype of most stick or spindle chairs, has been made since the 17th century and is probably the strongest, most enduring and most influential of all the wooden cottage chairs.

With the spread of the British Empire, the Windsor chair has been taken in all its diverse forms to every corner of the English-speaking world. In Britain, these chairs have traditionally been manufactured in the High Wycombe area of Buckinghamshire, hence the alternative name 'High Wycombe chairs'. The derivation of the name Windsor is uncertain and suggestions that it was bestowed by George III, who ordered some, have been largely dismissed.

Loudon, in his Encyclopedia describes Windsor chairs as 'one of the best kitchen chairs in general use in the midland counties of England' and his general description is still one of the most succinct:

The seats are usually of elm, somewhat hollowed out; the outer rail of the back is a single piece of ash, bent to a horseshoe form by being previously heated or steamed. Its ends are then inserted into two holes bored though the seat and are wedged firmly in from the underside. more...

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Pair early 19th century elm Windsor chairs traditional design

An English elm Windsor chair, Lincolnshire origin, circa 1840, the rear of the seat stamped Marsh (Sleaford)

A matched pair of Windsor armchairs, English 19th century, 112 cm high, 52 cm wide, 65 cm deep

An ash and elm Windsor armchair, English, 1st half of the19th century, 100 cm high, 57 cm wide, 57 cm deep

An ash and elm Windsor armchair, English, 1st half of the19th century, 100 cm high, 57 cm wide, 57 cm deep

An ash and elm Windsor armchair, English, 1st half of the19th century, 100 cm high, 57 cm wide, 57 cm deep

A pair of 18th century elm and birch Windsor style armchairs, 165 x 130 x 58 cm

Oak Windsor high back fan chair with turned cotton reel legs and arm supports

Two early 19th century elm Windsor chairs, having a tiered hoop and spindle back with a pierced central splat, above a contoured seat, raised on turned legs, united by cross stretcher

An English Windsor elm wood armchair 19th century. Height 99 cm

4 spindle back beech Windsor style chairs, including carver chair

A Georgian period beech and elm cottage elbow chair of Windsor style with shaped seat, bar back, turned legs and stretcher base. Good colour and patina

A Jimmy Possum chair, Tasmania, circa 1895, of typical construction from Australian Eucalypt, with a spindle back and slab seat, the legs jointed through to form the arm rests, 62 cm wide, x 45 cm deep x, 112 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection Melbour

An elm and ash Windsor armchair, English, late 18th / early 19th century. 111 cm high, 48 cm wide and 46 cm deep. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

A 19th century elm Windsor chair, having a tiered hoop and spindle back with a pierced central splat, above a contoured seat, raised on turned legs United by cross stretchers

George III elm & yew Windsor wheelback chair traditional design with comb stretcher

A 19th century beech and elm Windsor armchair with plain stick back U-shape arms with curved front supports, shaped solid seat raised on turned legs joined by turned stretchers

Two oak and yew wood Windsor chairs, 19th century (2), each carver with a with pierced spindal back and shaped seats supported on ring turned legs (2)

High Wycombe Windsor armchair, c.1870, beech and elm. Height 107 cm

An early 19th century country Windsor wheelback armchair, hooped top rail with decorative fret carved splats, plain spindles and arms with turned supports, turned legs, plain rails

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