In our bathroom we have an old Windsor chair bearing patina of age. The other day sitting on it I just wondered why is it called “Windsor Chair”. So the quest for the history of Windsor chair begun. Here it is what I found out, In case you didn’t know it too.
It is not clear when the first Windsor chair was made. However there is evidence that around 16th century chair spindles were made the way wheel spokes were and perhaps the first Windsor chairs might have been born around that time.
As far as the christening of the chair is concerned, it is speculated that by 1724 the bulk of Windsor chairs were produced and marketed from Windsor, Berkshire, (of course Great Britain) therefore they derived their name “Windsor Chair.”
By the 18th century, steam was used to bend the chair to make the bow of the chair. The chair has since evolved into seven distinctive styles:
There are endless choices of Windsor chairs available, you can buy a brand new one for $ 200.00 or an antique one for $19,000.00 +
Cheers! To the Windsor chair…
|A primitive 1790s Windsor through 1stdibbs|
|18th century bow-back|
|c. 1800 Windsor rocker|
|19th century American sack-back|
|Riviera by Crate and Barrel|
|Gilbert by Ethan Allen|
Credits: www.1stdibbs.com, www.wikipedia.com, www.ethanallen.com, www.crateandbarrel.com, lonestarmercantile.blogspot.com, www.onekingslane.com. etc