Writing-Arm Windsor Chair
WOOD: walnut throughout except for the drawer frame and the lower layer of the laminated seat, which are both of yellow pine.
SCHOOL: A few identical writing-arm chairs are known. All of the chairs in this group are made of walnut, a hardwood not known to have been used for any other American Windsor chairs, and all have two-layer laminated seats. One found in 1981 (MESDA file S-11,082) descended in the Brodnax-Wilkins familiy of Brunswick County in southside Virginia. Another example sold at Ken Farmer Auctions in 2003 had the signature “W.E. Blevens, Petersburg” on the bottom. Petersburg, Virginia, was home to several Windsor chair makers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Among them, Archer Brown and Joel Brown advertised specifically “Secretary Chairs” and “Writing Chairs” among the various forms their shops produced.