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(Above photo - Set Windsor Chairs - 8 Farmhouse Kitchen Chair )
Windsor chairs were initially used in the outdoor garden to provide comfortable seating for guests and family members. Today, you can buy and use these chairs as part of your interior décor or for their traditional uses. They come with characteristic spindles that make the unique chairs additions to your home.
What Is a Windsor Chair?
(Above photo - Set Windsor Chairs - Oak Farmhouse Kitchen Diners )
A Windsor chair is a wooden chair constructed using slender, turned spindles anchored into a solid, wooden seat. In short, the spindles are used to form the armrests, back, and legs. However, you may find the Windsor chair in various forms and styles, which may not necessarily have a traditional look. Sometimes, a particular variation depends on whether the chair was produced in Great Britain or The United States. However, the general characteristics of a Windsor chair remain the same.
Some of the Windsor chair's popular variants include the white Wycombe, sack back, wheel back, and the smoker's bow. Whichever variant you pick, all of these chairs are Windsor chairs. Other forms of the Windsor chair include the writing armchair, the high-back with a semi-circular shape or "hoop," the straight top high-back or "comb," and the low back.
History of Windsor Chairs
(Above photo - Windsor Dining Chairs - Set 8 Oak Kitchen Diners )
The first Windsor chairs by royalty are thought to have been commissioned by King George III after an excursion into humbler homes. He was captivated with the chairs he saw that he asked palace furniture makers to produce some for Windsor Castle. However, the name "Windsor chair" had been in use way before 1729.
At first, furniture makers could only produce Windsor chairs with the comb back. Later on, during the 18th century, they began to use steam bending to produce chairs with a "bow" back. According to historians, the first Windsor "bow" chairs were shipped to London from Windsor in 1724.
Making one Windsor chair involved three craftsmen's collaboration – the chair bodger made the lege and stretchers, the benchman for the seats, and the framer for putting it all together. Therefore, making this type of chair took different people's efforts working together factory style, albeit apart from each other.
Types of Windsor Chairs
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1. Bow Back: This type of Windsor chair was created by making a curved chair bow. Artisans used steam bending to create a continuous bow-shaped back, which was attached to a shield-shaped seat.
2. Fan Back: The fan back is a type of Windsor bar stool with deeply carved turnings. The spindles fan out to give you a comb-like back.
3. Comb Back: It is a lightweight Windsor chair that comes complete with turned legs. The spindles pass through the arms going all the way to the top to make a comb back. Artisans often made the arms from a single piece of steam-treated wood or two pieces.
(Above photo - Kitchen Dining Set Refectory Table Windsor Chairs )
Windsor chairs can be great additions to your home, especially in the kitchen, dining room, or home office. They are available in different shapes and sizes, meaning you can find what you want by looking carefully. We believe in helping our clients find what they want. Welcome!
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