Tuesday, April 5, 2011

This Dusty Chair

Among the scatterings of garbage and useless junk left behind on our new property was this chair.


Besides a few rakes and tools in the shed, it's the only remnant remaining from the previous residents that is any way useful. In fact, despite the chipped paint job, or perhaps because of it, I find the chair rather charming. I picture it in the corner of our bedroom, perhaps with a simple decorative pillow or a small knitted afghan folded over the back. 

The chair is a little odd. I've never seen one like this before. The 'V' shape in the back is purely decorative. Where did this design come from? Have any of you seen a chair like this before?


It's curious.

5 comments:

  1. Its not decorative at all or at least not really. The v shape at the back gives the chairback a lot more stiffness. I have seen chairs like this before in farmhouses.

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  2. @Ken

    Is there a name for the style, do you think?

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  3. Here's one that is close

    http://www.instappraisal.com/antique-appraisal/whitney-chairs-spindle-back-maple-antique-chair

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  4. My parents have a set of 6 chairs like this, except they're stained and the seats are curved to be more comfortable.

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  5. I've seen a few in older houses, the style appears to be called a Windsor chair (specifically a Nantucket Fan Back) with braces. Apparently, the braces permitted a greater slope to the back. Also, since there are no arms, it's a side chair.

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