The Field Farm
P.O. Box 124
East Middlebury, Vermont, 05740, U.S.A.
Tel/Fax 802-388-7575 / Toll Free 1-888-320-6323
E-mail: sales@ thefieldfarm.com

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Middlebury Windsor Chairs

Consider the comfort of a Windsor chair. We offer handcrafted authentic reproductions and interpretations of this wonderful classic. 

History

The Windsor chair first appeared in the 1700's in England as a lawn chair. It was seen in the colonies by mid-century. Our chairs are handmade reproductions of 18th century American Windsor chairs, finished in old-fashioned milk paint.

Our Chairs

High Back or Philadelphia Windsor Chair

The Philadelphia

This style originated in the mid 1700's in Philadelphia. Also known as the "Comb Back" or "High Back"1. This version includes carved "ears" and "knuckles".

Shown in Black.

Price: $1295 (includes shipping)

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'Ear' at top of chair back

"Ear"

'Knuckle' at end of chair arm

"Knuckle"

Continuous Arm Windsor Chair

The Continuous Arm

This variation appears to have been created in the 1790s, according to written records from New York City2.

Shown in Windsor Green.

Price: $1195 (includes shipping)

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Spindle on back of Continuous Arm Windsor Chair

Spindle

Grooved Seat of the Continuous Arm Windsor Chair

Grooved Seat

Rocking Continuous Arm Windsor Chair

The Rocker

This rocker is a variation on the Continous Arm chair.

Shown in Salem Red.

Price: $1495 (includes shipping)

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Rocker detail

Rocker

The Oval-seat Windsor Chair

The Oval

Oval seat with carved "ears".

Shown in Slate.

Price: $1295 (includes shipping)

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'Ear' at the top back of the Windsor Chair

"Ear"

Spindle detail for the Windsor Chair

Spindle

Color and Construction

  • Handcrafted in Middlebury, Vermont
  • Classic design
  • Outstanding craftsmanship
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Functional
  • Fully assembled

All chairs are hand painted with powdered milk paints that give a matte finish; these are authentic, but not suitable for outdoor use. Colors include Black (a mix of Windsor Green and True Black); authentic Windsor Green; Salem Red, and Slate (a mix of Windsor Green and True Black).

Unpainted chairs are available.

Our craftsman makes his versions in ash, with pine seats, and red oak crest rails and "ears". All parts are handcarved. Green wood is used in the making, and the parts will shrink together as they season. Tapered legs are wedged from the top into the seat.

Other woods may be available for custom orders: Birch, Hickory, and Maple.

How Many?

Chairs are sold individually (prices above) or as sets. These typically consist of two arm chairs and two to eight side chairs to form sets for dining rooms. Chairs are shipped fully assembled. Please call 1-888-320-6323 for shipping and handling information.

Notes

1. Image: High-back Windsor armchair, Philadelphia, ca. 1765. (Mr. and Mrs. James Palmer Flowers collection; photo, Winterthur Museum.) [http://www.chipstone.org/publications/1996AF/Evans/SmallWindow/04ES.html]

2. Frog Backs and Turkey Legs: The Nomenclature of Vernacular Seating Furniture, 1740–1850
Nancy Goyne Evans in American Furniture 1996 [http://www.chipstone.org/publications/1996AF/Evans/1996EvansIndex.html]

 

 

The Field Farm
P.O. Box 124, East Middlebury, Vermont, 05740, U.S.A.
Tel/Fax 802-388-7575 / Toll Free 1-888-320-6323
E-mail: sales@ thefieldfarm.com

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