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Lane Windsor Armchair

Windsor armchair made of mixed woods with hickory arms (maybe maple), poplar seat and legs. The arms have an unusual design. Slat top rail. Holes in arms. MESDA label. Said to have belonged to one of Joel Lane’s sons, the chair was donated to the collection prior to the restoration which was begun in 1969. Unfortunately, we have no record of its donor.

The MESDA label reads: “Windsor Armchair, Wake County, estimated 1820-1840poplar, hickory, maple. Height 33 5/8”, width 19 1/2”, depth 16 1/2.” This rather straightforward, businesslike chair was found in Wake County and has a connection with the family of Joel Lane, an early pioneer settler. The broad crest rail related this chair to the tablet-back Classical or Greek Revival chairs of the 1820s and 1830s. Even at this late date, there is still the continuation of extending the arms over the front arm supports.”

Object number 1932.1.1.

Dimensions: Height 33 5/8”, width 19 1/2”, depth 16 1/2”

Estimated age: 1820-1840

What visitors say

Thank you so much for letting our IB Human Geography class come tour the Joel Lane house. I really enjoyed learning about how high-class people lived back them. I was surprised to hear that they were always working and had no time to themselves. I was also shocked at the size of the beds. They were so small! You two really played good parts and made me feel like I was really back in those times.