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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A yew wood Windsor chair, English, 18 th century, 110 cm high, 64 cm wide, Gst: ex Gst, Quantity, Symbol: ?, Grade

An elm and ash Windsor armchair, English, late 18th/early 19th century, 111 cm high, 48 cm wide, 46 cm deep

A George III country elm and beech Windsor armchair, the hoop back with central pierced splat flanked by plain spindles, turned arm supports, legs and base stretchers, shaped elm seat.

A Windsor chair shaped black splat, English, early 19th century

A George III, mahogany elbow chair, with arched back, pierced splat, on square chamfered legs. Provenance: Robert Milne Brand Windsor Antiques, purchased 9th July 1962. The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.

A George III mahogany Hepplewhite elbow chair with arched back, and vase shaped splat on square tapering legs, with stretchers, circa 1785. Provenance: Robert Milne Brand, Windsor Antiques, The Estate of Stanley Crawford Stevens.

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

An old oak and beech high back Windsor elbow chair, with turned front legs and stretcher base.

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

Two ash and elm spindle back Windsor chairs, English, circa 1800

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