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Windsor Chair

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T3155
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection


Opinion is divided as to whether miniature furniture like this was intended as toys, apprentice pieces, or as samples used by travelling salesmen. However, the maker of this miniature Windsor chair was probably an 18th century carpenter who specialized in making full size versions. Windsor chairs were popular items of cottage furniture from the end of the 17th century onwards. Many makers were based in High Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire where they made use of the beech trees found in the local Chiltern woodlands.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Place of Origin:England