Picture This XXXVIII

In A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part Eight, I mentioned some of the shades and hues of green that were used to paint Windsor chairs. When restoring old Windsors, it’s apparent that some paints were better formulated than others – perhaps due to the inclusion of stable pigments, though more likely through the use of superior oils and resins.

The flyer below advertises several qualities of cheap green paint for outdoor use, of which, the names of some strike a cord.

James_Crease_and_Son_Cheap_Paints_c1815_01aFlyer for colourmen James Crease and Son, circa 1815. (Lewis Walpole Library)

I wonder how many chairs were lost – or broken noses were incurred – through the use of invisible green paint.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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4 Responses to Picture This XXXVIII

  1. D.B. Laney says:

    I wonder if it might have been a product developed for the war effort, like inflatable tanks?


  2. diceloader says:

    Those that missed out on that batch were no doubt left green with envy.


  3. hughjengine says:

    That invisible paint only comes in one colour is magnificent!


  4. Damien says:

    Maybe even some broken necks when used for fencing and railings.


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