Lyon, Irving Whitall, 1840-1896. / The colonial furniture of New England
Chapter V. Chairs., pp. -188 ff.
CHAIRS tory of Hannah Hodge, widow, of Philadelphia, taken the 7th day of July, 1736. This is the earliest date for the Windsor chair that we have yet discovered. We also find in the inventory of Governor Patrick Gordon, of Philadelphia, the item, " Five Windsor Chairs @ 1I/6, /"2. 17. 6." The inventory is not dated, but he died August 5, 1736, and his will was proved August I7, 1736. After 1736 Windsor chairs are occasionally met with in the Philadelphia inven- tories, one, and sometimes two, in an estate, till we reach the inventory, dated March 5, 1757, of Lloyd Zachary, " Practitioner in Physick," in Philadelphia, who had "in the Parlor," "at the Plantation," "Ten Windsor Arm Chairs." On Thursday, June 21, 1764, " a parcel of Windsor chairs" is mentioned in a list of household furniture advertised for sale in "The Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser." From these two facts- that in 1757 ten Windsor chairs were found in one estate, and that in 1764 "a parcel of Windsor chairs" was to be sold at public auction - it is evident that these chairs had become sufficiently numerous in Philadelphia to be at least well known, if not common. The following advertisement with a cut of a Wind- sor chair appears in "The New-York Gazette, or The Weekly Post-Boy," April 18, 1765: - "To be Sold By Andrew Gauteir, In Princes-Street, Opposite Mr. David Provoost's in Broadstreet; A Large and neat Assort-
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