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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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R. Gaw Philadelphia Windsor
Apr 20, 9:00 AM EDT
R. Gaw Philadelphia Windsor
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$153 Bids
Windsor Highchair
Apr 20, 9:00 AM EDT
Windsor Highchair
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
WARREN RI WINDSOR CHAIR
Apr 21, 11:00 AM EDT
WARREN RI WINDSOR CHAIR
by Americana Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
4 METAL BARREL BACK WINDSOR GARDEN PATIO CHAIRS
Apr 14, 11:00 AM EDT
4 METAL BARREL BACK WINDSOR GARDEN PATIO CHAIRS
by White's Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
4 METAL BARREL BACK WINDSOR GARDEN PATIO CHAIRS
Apr 14, 11:00 AM EDT
4 METAL BARREL BACK WINDSOR GARDEN PATIO CHAIRS
by White's Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Amish made set 6 Windsor Comb Back Dining Chairs
Apr 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Amish made set 6 Windsor Comb Back Dining Chairs
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
Drei Windsor-Stühle
May 03, 10:30 AM CEST
Drei Windsor-Stühle
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €240- €480
€2400 Bids
Windsor Bow-Back Continuous-Arm Chair
Apr 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Windsor Bow-Back Continuous-Arm Chair
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $150- $250
$700 Bids
Antique American Thumb Back Windsor Childs Chair, 19th century
Apr 27, 9:30 AM EDT
Antique American Thumb Back Windsor Childs Chair, 19th century
by Rafael Osona Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
Nantucket Style Windsor Armchair by Windsor Chair Works, 20th Century
Apr 27, 9:30 AM EDT
Nantucket Style Windsor Armchair by Windsor Chair Works, 20th Century
by Rafael Osona Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$4000 Bids
ELM WINDSOR CHAIR WITH HOOP BACK
Apr 15, 7:00 PM CEST
ELM WINDSOR CHAIR WITH HOOP BACK
by Derksen Veilingbedrijf
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
A 19TH CENTURY CHILD'S STICK-BACK WINDSOR CHAIR
Apr 16, 10:00 AM BST
A 19TH CENTURY CHILD'S STICK-BACK WINDSOR CHAIR
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £80- £120
£400 Bids
AN 18TH CENTURY ASH AND ELM CHILDS WINDSOR CHAIR
Apr 16, 10:00 AM BST
AN 18TH CENTURY ASH AND ELM CHILDS WINDSOR CHAIR
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £80- £120
£400 Bids
A 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN PRIMITIVE STICK BACK WINDSOR CHAIR
Apr 16, 10:00 AM BST
A 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN PRIMITIVE STICK BACK WINDSOR CHAIR
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £300- £500
£1500 Bids
AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY NOTTINGHAMSHIRE YEW-WOOD LOW BACK WINDSOR CHAIR
Apr 16, 10:00 AM BST
AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY NOTTINGHAMSHIRE YEW-WOOD LOW BACK WINDSOR CHAIR
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £150- £250
£750 Bids
A 19TH CENTURY PRIMITIVE PAINTED STICK BACK WINDSOR ARMCHAIR
Apr 16, 10:00 AM BST
A 19TH CENTURY PRIMITIVE PAINTED STICK BACK WINDSOR ARMCHAIR
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £100- £200
£500 Bids
AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY YEW WOOD LOW BACK WINDSOR CHAIR
Apr 19, 10:00 AM BST
AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY YEW WOOD LOW BACK WINDSOR CHAIR
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY NOTTINGHAMSHIRE YEW-WOOD HIGH BACK WINDSOR CHAIR
Apr 19, 10:00 AM BST
AN EARLY 19TH CENTURY NOTTINGHAMSHIRE YEW-WOOD HIGH BACK WINDSOR CHAIR
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
TWO HOOP BACK WINDSOR ARMCHAIRS
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CDT
TWO HOOP BACK WINDSOR ARMCHAIRS
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
PAIR OF CONNECTICUT WINDSOR FAN-BACK SIDECHAIRS, SIGNED
Apr 21, 11:00 AM EDT
PAIR OF CONNECTICUT WINDSOR FAN-BACK SIDECHAIRS, SIGNED
by CRN Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
A green-painted bamboo turned continuous arm Windsor high chair, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1800
Apr 30, 11:00 AM EDT
A green-painted bamboo turned continuous arm Windsor high chair, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1800
by Freeman's | Hindman
Est: $7,000- $10,000
$3,5000 Bids
A miniature painted and decorated Windsor chair, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1810
Apr 30, 11:00 AM EDT
A miniature painted and decorated Windsor chair, Philadelphia, PA, circa 1810
by Freeman's | Hindman
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Windsor Chairs


Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Hutchinson Scott Limited

Adam's

Adam's

Rafael Osona Auctions

Rafael Osona Auctions