T he Windsor chair originated in England during the early eighteenth century. Unlike other chairs of contemporary date, which have open seat frames to receive upholstery or a woven bottom, the Windsor has a solid plank seat. As the principal unit of construction, the Windsor plank fastens the turned and shaved members of the chair back and base, although the two structures are independent of one another. The name Windsor was soon associated with the new style. The first English Windsors were used principally outdoors—on lawns and terraces of suburban homes and on the grounds of country estates. The popular finish was green paint made from white lead, oil, and the pigment verdigris.
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I now offer for sale plans for creating one or more of these historic Windsor chairs. The original chair on which the plans are based dates to somewhere between and In addition to plans of chairs I have reproduced, I will make available plans for several of my more popular chair designs. All of the plans are based on chairs I have measured and built. The plans are cleaned up hard copies of my original drawings. As drawn, the plans show front, side and rear views of each chair in one-third scale. Turning profiles are reproduced in full scale.
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Illustration by Julia Rothman. In 18th-century England, the chairs were used in the Windsor castle garden. They soon became popular garden seats throughout the country and were often painted green or simply left to weather. By the late s, the English Windsor chair was ubiquitous indoors as well as outdoors and would have been used everywhere from inns and taverns to libraries and meeting houses.
When identifying antique chairs, it's important to have a basic knowledge of the significant design periods and the important types of chairs. A good place to start when identifying furniture is often to figure out what period it's from. You might not be able to tell what period the chair is from, but you can get a sense of what kind of chair it is and when it was made by identifying what chair type category it fits into. This in turn might help you trace it back to its period of origin.