|Description: Spindle or rod-back Windsor side chair with four back spindles and modified bamboo turnings on the legs and back posts. The chair has been painted a dark brown with gold banding on the legs, back posts, and spindles. There is also gold outlining the crest rail and plank seat. The paint does not appear to be original. The plank or slab seat has rounded corners. Box stretchers connect the legs. The legs splay out from the plank seat.
History: This 19th century chair was made in Canada or the United States. Variations of Windsor style chairs were the most popular style of seating in 19th century Upper Canada. The influence of the orient is apparent in the bamboo style legs. Some characteristics of British Country Windsor style chairs are simple leg design, legs fitted through the seat, and hardwood plank seat. For more information on 19th Century furniture see: Howard Pain ‘The Heritage of Upper Canadian Furniture’ (Toronto: Van Nostrand Reinhold Ltd.,1979). Accessioned 5 May 1967.