This beautiful chair is a replica designed from a photo from Author John Kassy's 'The Book of American Windsor Furniture.' It was built strictly from studying the original photograph, hence this is my version. It's similar, but not exactly the same chair. I altered the dimensions of my chair from the original and added a few more more spindles.
The original of this chair was thought to have been made in New Hampshire or Massachusetts prior to 1817. Even then as today, this is a rare piece due to the Chinese influenced style.
This particular chair is representative of the Sack-Back Windsor with Bow and Writing Arm. The turnings and spindles are representative of "Bamboo," a popular style chosen for many Windsor chairs made in the 18th century. I tried to keep the radius between the knuckles shallow as to represent the look of real bamboo. The spindles are all hand rived from Maine native Red Oak, the legs and stretcher assembly consist of Native Cherry. The Arm bow and desk top are a combination of steamed bent Red Oak, with a slab of Tulip wood for the desk top which dates to the early 1900s. The entire chair is constructed with mortise and tenon (Wedges). Painted with green Milk Paint, with black in the background of the bamboo knuckles. It's finished with both Tung oil and beeswax and citrus oil.
This writing chair very much resembles a genuine antique piece. There are several original marks in the old wood of the writing arm from natural wear and tear prior to using the Tulip for this project. Often I leave these natural blemishes for sake of it's rustic and natural appeal.
This is a very sturdy chair and would fancy beautifully in any room, and should be very appreciated by it's proud owner.
Chair dimensions Chair height to top of Bow 39"
Width from writing top across to opposite arm is 35"
The seat height is 17 3/4"
Seat dimensions 21"x 17"