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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 leading us on a guided tour of the Joel Lane House! I had no idea that the kitchen was separate from the main house, and how different the two are. I had always assumed that the most dangerous job for a slave was in the fields, but your expertise showed me that the kitchen (because of the heat and potential for fire) was actually the most dangerous for a slave woman…