Windsor Chairs

American Windsor Chair - 18th Century Reproduction

 
The Windsor chair has been handcrafted by D.R. Dimes for nearly 40 years. During that time Douglas R. Dimes’ handmade 18th century American furniture shop has reproduced over 100 Windsor chair styles from many regions of the early American colonies. While D.R. Dimes has produced handmade reproduction furniture for over twenty years, he is best known for his handcrafted reproduction Windsor Chairs that reside in over 20 museums around the country. In many cases, D.R. Dimes Windsor chairs are copied more often than the original Windsor chairs after which they were designed.

From New England to Philadelphia, the highly competitive trade of Windsor chair making spawned an astounding array of forms. We’ve provided the following pictorial study so that you may better understand the many types and regional styles of early American Windsor chairs made during the 18th century.

 
 
Windsor Bowback Side Chair

Bowback Side Windsor Chair

Rhode Island

An exception example of the Rhode Island style, this Windsor bowback side chair has typical Rhode Island turnings, bulb spindles and a “pinched” or corset back bending.
 
Windsor Fanback Side Chair

Fanback Side Windsor Chair

Lancaster, PA

A Lovely and delicate Windsor Fanback Side Chair. The blunt arrow turnings and hand carved comb indicate a Lancaster origin.
 
Sack-back Windsor Chair w/Comb

Sack-back Windsor Chair w/Comb

Lancaster, PA

A rare triple back form with hand carved knuckles and comb, crisply executed blunt arrow legs and an oval seat.
 
Windsor Rocker

Windsor Rocker

New England

As with most early rocking chairs, the rockers were probably added after its original construction. Rockers became popular in the early 19th century and were added to many styles, in this case a sack-back Windsor.
 
Continuous Arm Windsor Chair

Continuous Arm Windsor Chair

New England

Continuous arm Windsor chairs are so named for the single bending that makes up both the arm and the back. This example has a hand carved comb.
 
Birdcage Arm Windsor Chair

Birdcage Arm Windsor Chair

As the 18th century drew to a close, Windsor chairs in general were simplified for production reasons. This birdcage arm chair, also known as a rod back Windsor, with its simpler turnings and relatively shallow seat indicate a chair made in the early 19th century.
 
Comb-back Windsor Chair

Comb-back Windsor Chair

Philadelphia

Refined Comb-back Windsor Chair similar to those made in Philadelphia circa 1740-1750 branded T. GILPIN. The beautifully turned legs and arm posts attach to a generous D-shaped seat typical of the region.
 
Triple Bow Windsor Bench or Settee

Triple Bow Windsor Bench or Settee

New England

This settee is of high style and important for its large size. Windsor benches come in many styles including, comb-back, continuous arm, bowback, sackback and lowback forms.
 
Windsor Writing Arm Chair

Windsor Writing Arm Chair

New England

Writing arm Windsor chairs are among the rarest forms made. This example is a combback style with drawers both under the writing pad and the seat.
 
Windsor Youth Chair

Windsor Youth Chair

Philadelphia

This is a superb example of a Philadelphia high chair with its strong turnings, pleasing leg splay and finely scrolled comb.