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Windsor Chairs
late 1700s

Inexpensive seating in the 18th century
Dating from the late 1700s, this set of six fanback Windsor chairs belonged to the Few family of Chester County, PA. Comfortable, lightweight, and inexpensive, the Windsor chair was a common form of seating furniture, adorning American households of nearly every social class. Like the ones shown here, they were often owned in sets, usually of six, eight, or even 12, and were used throughout the house in the hall, the parlor, the bedchamber, and at the dining table. To cover the variety of woods used in their construction, Windsors were painted; green, black, blue, red, yellow, and "mahogany color" were popular. This set of chairs has olive-green paint over an original coat of dark green.

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