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Fan-back Windsor side chair

NEW England



35-1/4 in x 21 in x 22-3/4 in


Red oak* crest, hickory* spindles, birch* rear posts, basswood* seat, maple* legs and stretchers

Credit Line

Historic Odessa Foundation, The David Wilson Mansion, Inc.

Accession Number


Condition Notes

The left-side stretcher has split and lost a small piece of wood above where the medial stretcher sockets into it.  The chair has been completely stripped of any paint.


Bequest of Dr. and Mrs. J. Newberry Reynolds to The David Wilson Mansion, Inc., in 1942.


The seven spindles that form the fan-back of this Windsor side chair swell slightly near the tapered bottom.  The turned posts at each side are an elongated version of the baluster-turned legs, which are wedged into the seat from the top.  Only the outer ports and the center spindle are pinned into the crest rail.  The shield-shaped seat appears quite deep in its front-to-back dimension, although that may be due in part to its relatively narrow width.