Picture This XCIX

From the ‘what were they thinking?’ files, comes this eighteenth-century Windsor chair.

geo_iii_ash__elm_comb_back_chair_c1780_02a_robert_youngPrimitive comb-back Windsor, circa 1780. (Robert Young)

The keen-of-eye might have noticed the H-stretcher’s unusual (and original) orientation which must have been the cause of many a painful Achilles tendon.

Jack Plane

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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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3 Responses to Picture This XCIX

  1. bobbarnettpe says:

    Probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Shorty after that they discovered why it isn’t done that way.

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  2. Joe M says:

    Could this have been a bad, long ago “repair”? Attaching the legs, as a sub-assembly, off by 90 degrees? If a repair or “restoration”, it would have been long ago because of the wear on the front stretcher.

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    • Jack Plane says:

      The rear legs of Windsors are normally shorter than the front ones due to the downward slope of the rear of the seat. Therefore, had this been a repair and the undercarriage had been misaligned by 90°, the chair would have a noticeable list to one side.

      JP

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