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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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Vintage American Windsor Style Armchair
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage American Windsor Style Armchair
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$122 Bids
A comb-back Windsor armchair Samuel J. Tucke (active 1790-1805), Boston, MA, circa 1790
Nov 10, 11:00 AM EST
A comb-back Windsor armchair Samuel J. Tucke (active 1790-1805), Boston, MA, circa 1790
by Freeman's
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
Fanback Windsor Side Chair
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Fanback Windsor Side Chair
by Nye & Company
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Drew Lausch contemporary Windsor armchair.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Drew Lausch contemporary Windsor armchair.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
Set of 4 low back Windsor side chairs
Nov 20, 9:00 AM EST
Set of 4 low back Windsor side chairs
by Horst Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$300 Bids
English Windsor chair, end of
Nov 06, 10:00 AM CET
English Windsor chair, end of
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1200 Bids
Windsor - Bow Back Chair
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Windsor - Bow Back Chair
by Regency Auction House
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
ENGLISH WINDSOR ARMCHAIRS
Nov 13, 11:00 AM EST
ENGLISH WINDSOR ARMCHAIRS
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $1,600- $2,400
$8000 Bids
A painted comb-back Windsor armchair late 18th century
Nov 10, 11:00 AM EST
A painted comb-back Windsor armchair late 18th century
by Freeman's
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
A low back Windsor arm chair Philadelphia, PA, late 18th century
Nov 10, 11:00 AM EST
A low back Windsor arm chair Philadelphia, PA, late 18th century
by Freeman's
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
Duchesse de WINDSOR (Provenance) Ombrelle en soie beige, manche orné d'un m
Oct 28, 2:30 PM CEST
Duchesse de WINDSOR (Provenance) Ombrelle en soie beige, manche orné d'un m
by Cornette de Saint-Cyr
Est: €150- €200
€1200 Bids
CECIL CHARLES WINDSOR ALDIN (1870-1935) La chasse à courre
Nov 04, 2:30 PM CET
CECIL CHARLES WINDSOR ALDIN (1870-1935) La chasse à courre
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €50- €100
€500 Bids
Seven Windsor Chairs
Oct 30, 9:00 AM EDT
Seven Windsor Chairs
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids
Carry on Nurse Barbara Windsor signed 12 x 8 inch colour photo in Nurse uniform. Good condition
Nov 05, 10:00 AM GMT
Carry on Nurse Barbara Windsor signed 12 x 8 inch colour photo in Nurse uniform. Good condition
by Chaucer Covers & Auctions
Est: £20- £30
£200 Bids
Pennsylvania sackback knuckle arm Windsor chair
Oct 29, 9:00 AM EDT
Pennsylvania sackback knuckle arm Windsor chair
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
New England continuous arm Windsor chair
Oct 29, 9:00 AM EDT
New England continuous arm Windsor chair
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $160- $220
$800 Bids
Antique Windsor Chair
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Windsor Chair
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $50- $100
$500 Bids
(4) YEW WOOD WINDSOR STYLE DINING CHAIRS
Nov 03, 11:00 AM EDT
(4) YEW WOOD WINDSOR STYLE DINING CHAIRS
by Westport Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids
Antique New England Step Down Windsor Chair
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique New England Step Down Windsor Chair
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
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Group of Five Windsor Chairs
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Group of Five Windsor Chairs
by Doyle New York
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Windsor Chairs


Eldred's

Eldred's

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Freeman's

Pook & Pook, Inc.

Pook & Pook, Inc.

Doyle New York

Doyle New York