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Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Left Handed bowback writing desk by Hale and Hale of Vermont


Please advise year made and current value in todays market. Thank you and God Bless

Harry - Your chair is a 20th century reproduction of an 18th century Windsor chair made in New England. A Windsor chair is a chair in which no vertical element runs continuously from top to bottom. All vertical elements terminate in the seat.

The key element to age in your chair is the solid splat. Only English Windsors originally had solid splats instead of all rods in the back. The design carved in the back was originally associated with a particular pub in an English region. The style was duplicated in America during the Depression era of the 1930s.

Period Windsor writing chairs sell at auction anywhere from $200 to $1500. Depression era chairs like yours sell in the $100 range because the left hand desk is unusual.

Thanks for writing.

Fred Taylor  

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