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Windsor Chairs

Of all the antique chairs for sale, the Windsor chair is one of the most classic and collectible. The Windsor-style chair originated in England. It is hard to date its creation, as it is a piece of cottage furniture that was fashioned out of simple rods for legs, sticks for the back, and a wood plank for the seat. By the 1720s, Windsor furniture had become popular among English nobility.

The earliest-known American Windsor chair was by Rich-monde of Philadelphia in 1763. He is believed to have made the chairs for Independence Hall, where the signers of the Declaration of Independence sat during the Second Continental Congress. Andrew Gautier of New York was producing Windsor chairs by the 1760s, and Thomas Ash was producing Windsor chairs by the 1770s, possibly even for Southern colonies. The crafting of Windsor chairs spread throughout New England, where they were known as Philadelphia chairs. Chairmakers and individuals who crafted the chairs by hand for their own homes used native oak, ash, hickory, pine, and white wood as a substitute for English yew.

A few differences can be found in the backs of the chairs, which can be low back, comb back, or bow back with several variations. Collectible Windsor chairs date from the 1700s to the early 19th century. Many are painted, sometimes with several layers, in 18th-century green or black or 19th-century red, ochre, blue, or brown. These aging, flaking paints give the Windsor chair part of its value.


Quick Facts

  • Antique Windsor chairs for sale can bring $3,000 to $5,000 apiece. Modern crafters may be skilled at fabricating fake antique Windsors, from falsifying old documents to using a blow dryer to age the wood or paint. Collectors learn to tell the difference, seek expert advice, or deal with reliable sellers
  • A matched set of six Victorian Gothic ash Windsor chairs from mid-19th century Buckinghamshire realized a price of $4,851 at an auction by Christie’s in 2011
  • A rare Philadelphia braced fan-back Windsor chair (1765 to 1780) sold for $77,000 at an auction in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1987

Recommended Items at Auction

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PAIR D.R. DIMES CONTINOUS ARM BRACEBACK WINDSORS
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
PAIR D.R. DIMES CONTINOUS ARM BRACEBACK WINDSORS
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $400- $800
$5505 Bids
Two Late 18th/Early 19th Century Comb-back Windsor Armchairs. One of yew-wood with a long central sl
Dec 04, 11:00 AM GMT
Two Late 18th/Early 19th Century Comb-back Windsor Armchairs. One of yew-wood with a long central sl
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £150- £250
£1302 Bids
Bow Back 9 Spindle Bow Back Windsor Chair
Dec 04, 5:00 PM CST
Bow Back 9 Spindle Bow Back Windsor Chair
by Asselmeier May Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Windsor Style Oak Arm Chairs - 4
Dec 17, 10:00 AM EST
Windsor Style Oak Arm Chairs - 4
by Regency Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
ANTIQUE GREEN-PAINTED WINDSOR CHAIR
Dec 08, 9:00 AM PST
ANTIQUE GREEN-PAINTED WINDSOR CHAIR
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
A Delightful Yew-wood Apprentice Piece: A Miniature Windsor Armchair. The tall hoop back having a sh
Dec 04, 11:00 AM GMT
A Delightful Yew-wood Apprentice Piece: A Miniature Windsor Armchair. The tall hoop back having a sh
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £200- £300
£1701 Bid
An ash Windsor chair attributed to Gillows,
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
An ash Windsor chair attributed to Gillows,
by Sworders
Est: £300- £500
£2400 Bids
A Victorian yew and elm Windsor chair,
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
A Victorian yew and elm Windsor chair,
by Sworders
Est: £300- £400
£2400 Bids
A Set of Six 19th Century Wheel-back Windsor Chairs comprising of two armchairs and four side chairs
Dec 04, 11:00 AM GMT
A Set of Six 19th Century Wheel-back Windsor Chairs comprising of two armchairs and four side chairs
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £600- £800
£5000 Bids
PAIR LATE 18th C. CONTINUOUS ARM WINDSOR CHAIRS
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
PAIR LATE 18th C. CONTINUOUS ARM WINDSOR CHAIRS
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,2000 Bids
A Windsor chair, type Low Nothinghamshire bow back, ca. 1900.
Dec 12, 6:30 PM CET
A Windsor chair, type Low Nothinghamshire bow back, ca. 1900.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €60- €80
€600 Bids
Vier "Windsor"-Stühle.
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CET
Vier "Windsor"-Stühle.
by Dannenberg
Est: €200- €240
€2000 Bids
A pair of early-mid 19th century yew and elm low-back, double hoop Windsor elbow chairs
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
A pair of early-mid 19th century yew and elm low-back, double hoop Windsor elbow chairs
by Halls Fine Art
Est: £500- £800
£4600 Bids
19TH-CENTURY YEW WOOD WINDSOR CHAIR
Dec 07, 10:00 AM GMT
19TH-CENTURY YEW WOOD WINDSOR CHAIR
by Sheppards
Est: €500- €800
€3000 Bids
WELSH WINDSOR CHAIR, 38" TALL X 25" WIDE X 23" D
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
WELSH WINDSOR CHAIR, 38" TALL X 25" WIDE X 23" D
by Carlsen Gallery, Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
American Maple Thumb Back Windsor Chair, 19th C.
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
American Maple Thumb Back Windsor Chair, 19th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Bowback Windsor Chairs
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Bowback Windsor Chairs
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids
Ercol Blonde Chest of Six Windsor Dining Chairs
Dec 10, 10:00 AM GMT
Ercol Blonde Chest of Six Windsor Dining Chairs
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £60- £120
£600 Bids
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TWO WINDSOR STYLE BARSTOOLS
Dec 11, 11:00 AM CST
TWO WINDSOR STYLE BARSTOOLS
by Lewis & Maese Auction Company
Est: $150- $350
$50 Bids
Sechs Windsor-Armlehnstühle
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CET
Sechs Windsor-Armlehnstühle
by Leo Spik
Est: €560- €672
€4500 Bids
Ein Paar Windsor-Armlehnstühle
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CET
Ein Paar Windsor-Armlehnstühle
by Leo Spik
Est: €200- €240
€1600 Bids
meubels; taxus en eiken windsor stoel met spijlen in de rug, Wales, 18e eeuw
Dec 12, 7:00 PM CET
meubels; taxus en eiken windsor stoel met spijlen in de rug, Wales, 18e eeuw
by Veilinghuis Van Spengen
Est: €200- €400
€2000 Bids
Windsor-Armchair
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CET
Windsor-Armchair
by Leo Spik
Est: €180- €216
€1400 Bids

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