Colonial: Pilgrim style carved oak wainscot side chair:

  • Wooden back consisting of one rectangular panel framed by 2 rails and 2 stiles
  • Side stiles project above pierced and curved top rail
  • Arms, mortised into side stile
  • Rectangular board seat shaped at edges and set on rails, with front rail ornamented with molded arch

  • Block-and-vase turned front legs; plain rear legs
  • Three stretchers
  • Bun feet
  • Locality and Period: Connecticut. c. 1640-60.

  • Wainscot chairs were among the first American chairs; in fact, the few documented examples were made by the first settlers from England. Though based on 16th-century English models, early American Wainscot chairs were surprisingly varied. Some examples were elaborately carved like the elegant English models, while others were quite simple.