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Side chair, windsor

1785-1800
Origin: America, Rhode Island or Connecticut
OH: 35 1/4"; OW: 17 3/8"; OD: 16 3/8"
Maple, white oak, tulip poplar
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1966-509
Appearance: Windsor side chair with arched and bowed cresting rail and carved and scrolled ears; pair of balustering turned posts dowelled into rail and seat; seven tapering, turned spindles; shaped saddle seat with a grove running around spindles; four raking baluster turned legs braced by three stretchers; side stretchers with single bulbous sausage turning; medial stretcher with central sausage turning flanked by a pair of discs.

Woods: Maple legs and stretchers, white oak bow and spindles, tulip poplar seat. White oak was sampled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Label:Various woods were used in making Windsor chairs. Tulip poplar and white pine, soft and easily carved, form the seats of many. Maple, which is harder and easily turned on a lathe, was used for the legs, stiles, and arm supports. Strong, dense white oak, hickory, and ash comprised the spindles and curved crest rails. Paint, often green, unified the chairs' appearance.
Inscription(s):"W....." written in white beneath seat.