Windsor Chairs

Windsor Chairs

Cohasset Colonials (our sister company) has produced authentic measured reproductions of Windsor chairs since 1959, both finished in the stain or paint of your choice, and as kits that you can actually make yourself. We offer Birdcage Windsor chairs, Bowback Windsor chairs, a Windsor Youth chair, and a Windsor settee.

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Windsor chairs are named after the town in England where they are said to have originated in the 17th century. Their first intended use was as garden furniture on the grounds of stately homes. By 1750, Windsor chairs had become the most popular style of chair made in America.

Windsor chairs are made with a variety of woods--typically pine for the contoured seat, hickory or ash for the slender bow, and maple for the spindles, legs and stretchers. To mask this assortment of woods and because of their first use as garden furniture, they were almost always painted. Nancy Evans reports in her book, Windsor-Chair Making in America, "Green was the popular, if not universal, color of the Windsor in prerevolutionary days." She identifies greens, yellows, white, black, browns, and reds, in that order, as the popular colors during the years 1750-1850.