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Child's windsor chair

Child's windsor chair

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Turned and carved yew with ash seat

  • Credit Line:

    Given by A. W. Leatham, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a classic Windsor chair type, scaled down for use by a child. Windsor chairs are the best-known form of regional chair, produced in many areas of Britain. They were comfortable and strong, but also relatively cheap, and were therefore suitable for use in cottages, farm-houses and taverns. They were made in large numbers from the mid-18th century to the end of the 19th century.

The term 'Windsor chair' was first used in the 18th century but its origin is not clear. Windsor chairs are defined by having a solid wooden seat into which the chair-back and legs are dowelled, or pushed into drilled holes, in contrast to standard chairs, where the back legs and the uprights of the back are continuous. The seats of Windsor chairs were often carved into a shallow dish or saddle shape for comfort. The legs and uprights were usually turned on a pole-lathe, as in this chair.

Physical description

Small child's Windsor chair with a solid shaped seat into which are dowelled four turned legs, without stretchers. The bow-shaped back rest is dowelled into the seat with five turned posts on each side and a vase-shaped pierced splat in the centre. The upper part of the back rest is arched.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1800-1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Turned and carved yew with ash seat


Height: 61 cm, Width: 37 cm, Depth: 33 cm

Descriptive line

Turned and carved yew with an ash seat

Labels and date

Country chairs as well as high quality chairs were adapted for the use of children. This is a scaled-down version of a standard adult's windsor chair, with its hoop back and turned legs. Such simple, strong chairs were very suitable for the purpose. [1996]


Yew; Ash


Carving; Turning


Children & Childhood; Furniture


Museum of Childhood

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