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Child’s Windsor slat-back side chair

Wilmington, Delaware



Jared Chesnut (working 1800-1837)


25 in x 14-1/2 in x 15-1/4 in


Tulip poplar (seat), maple (front legs, one stretcher), walnut (rear legs and crest), hickory (rear posts, spindles, three stretchers)

Credit Line

Historic Odessa Foundation, gift of Sara Corbit Reese Pryor

Accession Number



“J . CHESNUT / WILMINGTON / DEL.” is branded into the underside of the seat.  "Daughter of Ellen Walter made in early 1700." is written In faded ink on a label pasted to the underside of the seat.

Condition Notes

All stretchers appear to be replacements (at different times).  The right front leg is repaired.  The crest rail is a replacement.  The walnut rear legs may be replacements.  The seat has repaired splits.


This small slat-back Windsor, so called because of the slat crest rail, has bamboo-turned rear posts and legs.  The slat crest has a serpentine profile, and the rear posts terminate in balls defined by incised rings.  As with other Windsors by Chesnut, the stretchers form a box.