This is a rare writing-arm Windsor chair. These chairs were used by professionals, such as ministers, doctors and lawyers, and are not often found. This particular chair has a museum sticker on the bottom of the lower drawer. It is from Goyette Museum of Americana of Peterborough, New Hampshire, founded by Hazel and A Erland Goyette in 1935. I purchased the chair from Roger Bacon.
The chair has an old refinsh and a few traces of salmon paint. It must have also had a sponged paint decoration at one time, which is faintly visible on the sides of the drawers.
The seat, drawers, and writing paddle are pine. The arm rail, spindles, legs and stretchers are maple, and the crest chestnut. The maker made a mistake in drilling the seat for the right front leg. You can see the original plug that he installed in one of the photos. There are no repairs, except for a couple of new screws in a drawer runner support. Additional photos are attached by the link to the right.
C. 1810, New England
49" Overall height, 42" overall width, 19 3/8" Seat height, 18" Seat depth