This ash comb-back Windsor chair (fig. 1) is unusual in several respects, not least of which is the circular seat (fig. 2) which is of ash rather than the more traditional elm. Also, the bent arm is exceptionally broad.
The crest rail, with its shaped lower edge is, in my experience, unique at this date (figs. 1, 2 & 3).
The back is supported by bracing sticks (fig. 3) emanating from a bob-tail on the back of the seat, similar to those on the Claremont chairs I made four years ago.
The Goldsmith decoration on the front legs is common to many regional Windsors (fig. 4)
The chair was painted earlier in its life – if not from new – as can be witnessed by the woodworm tracks at the surface of the wood as they bored their way along beneath the paint searching for an exit through which to fly away as mature beetles.