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Antique Windsor Chairs - Buying guide

Posted on October 26, 2017

There are a few basics that need to be considered before choosing any kind of antique furniture. Understanding the various styles available is important. One should at least have a general idea about the styles and designs and how these styles or designs will look in the current decor style of your home.
The dealer or the source that you buy from should be legit or you risk being duped with fake or reproductions. Consider the dealers who are members of trading associations such as BADA and LAPADA is always better.
Ascertaining the value of the antiques beforehand is always good and a bit of research will help you better determine the value.
Restoration, Maker’s marks or stamps and any other signs and symbols usually present on the antiques should be taken into consideration while determining the value.

Since you are looking out for Windsor chairs here is a bit of info to help you choose the right ones.
So what exactly are Windsor chairs? If you go buy the definition these are Windsor chairs are the kinds that are built with a solid wooden seat into which the chair-back and legs are round-tenoned, or pushed into drilled holes, in contrast to standard chairs, where the back legs and the uprights of the back are continuous.
The back and the sides of the Windsor chairs consist of a multiple thin and turned spindles that are attached to a solid, sculpted seat. These have a bow look with their straight legs splayed outward and the back reclined slightly.
The Windsor chairs took their name from the English town of Windsor where they were first created in the earlier part of the 17th century. These chairs are one of the classics of English country furniture and were often made by village craftsmen in native wood options like elm, ash, beech etc. Centuries after they were created, these are still in use today thanks to their strength and the peculiar design. Windsor chairs sit well in the traditional homes and are excellent value for money too.
The unusual of the pieces are of particular interests to collectors. The value of these chairs changes depending on the designs. The range of these chairs can be anywhere between tens to hundreds of pounds depending on their make and uniqueness. For the standard country chairs of comb or hoop backed designs the prices go above a hundred pounds while the outstanding examples can be priced at a thousand pound plus too depending on the form, colour and patination.
The more sophisticated of the designs such as for example the 'Strawberry Hill Gothick' chairs of the late 17th century that feature backs in the form of a pointed gothic arch, elegantly shaped seats and cabriole legs demand a price way higher. Also the original ownership of the chairs alters the value as well as the well preserved examples that have not tampered upon much or refinished.
If you are particularly looking for these chairs for daily use and not from a collector’s perspective then there are various options available.
At Antique Tables we have several matched and harlequin sets of chairs available that will suit the contemporary decor well when mixed and matched. Pairing up the antique chairs in the right manner is very important for the setting to work well.

Browse through  our selection of Antique Chairs to see available options.