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The Stunning History of the Windsor Chair

By David Bens Subscribe to RSS | November 25th 2011 | Views:
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If you are a connoisseur of antique furniture, you must be familiar with the epitome of sophistication, the Windsor Chairs. Made of authentic wooden framework, the Windsor chair featured innumerable sleek spindle-like back that were pegged through multiple drilled holes into the wooden chair seat. The back had a leaning structure, while the legs beveled a bit outwards. Myriad types of wood were used to make windsor chairs such as mahogany and walnut for expensive occasions and formal use and oak, hickory or maple for durability and daily utilization..

Origin in the British Isles

As the very name suggests, the windsor chair has its origin in the town of Windsor in England. There have been many stories attached to its first discovery, among which the most popular one remains that of the King George II. As the folklore goes, King George once lost his way in a catastrophic storm and came to a cottage of a humble peasant for shelter. There he was welcomed by giving a multi-spindled wooden chair for sitting, the extreme comfort of which won his heart.

Crossing Overseas

During British colonialism in America, the Windsor Chairs were bought overseas to America where it accomplished its present refined design and structure. The Americans were then going through periods of evolvement into new beings of freedom and this was aptly reflected in their artisanship towards molding the chair. Thus, the vertical legs of the original simple design gave way to inclined, splayed ones; the clichéd square seat to D-shaped saddle seat and the simple twisted legs took the place of cabriole legs. While the English used woods like elm, birch and ash, the Americans used finer woods of soft pine for the seats, oak for the spindled back and maple and birch for the arms. This is what we see as the Windsor Chair today.

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