Windsor Chairs appeared at the beginning of the 18th Century, but most were made during the 19th. The chairs were a cheap and comfortable form of seating made in the country for kitchen, tavern and general use by the public. As a result of parish records, census and trade directories the main indication of area of manufacture is to be found in the shape of the arm supports, legs from different areas often having similar designs. The North Midlands used turned arm supports, East Anglia tended to used a shaped front arm support cut from solid wood, while in the Thames Valley two methods were used. The seats are nearly always in elm, even the finest examples. Cabriole legs help the value considerably as do some special shapes of splat. Early comb-backs and original designs also command higher prices.
Fine Examples of a stick back windsor, a comb-back windsor and a wheelback windsor
Bentwood chairs like these were hugely popular in the 1920’s and were found in many of Europe’s most fashionable hotels and restaurants and are sometime referred to as “cafe” bentwoods for their popularity among European street cafes. There were many different variations of these chairs, mostly stand chairs, it is unusual to find a large set of armchairs. The simple construction of bentwood chairs belies the strength and durability. Testament to this can be found in the superb condition, sturdiness and strength found in these chairs 100 years later