STYLE: Aside from distinctly regional features, Winchester furniture often has details associated with the Delaware River Valley. For example, the chair has arm supports that are related to examples from Philadelphia during the late Baroque period. The through tenons on the seat rails and the wedging are like Philadelphia pieces, too. As seen in the unusually deep moldings of the arm supports and the exaggerated volutes of the arms, these Delaware Valley details were often adapted to local tastes. The outward sweep of the rear legs is also distinctive because Winchester chairs generally have the rear legs abruptly turn in and out.
During the last half of the eighteenth century Winchester was the most important style center in the Valley of Virginia. As a result of the widespread distribution of local products and migration of the journeyman cabinetmakers, Winchester had an influence throughout the valley, parts of West Virginia, and eastern Tennessee.