What Makes A Wallace Windsor Special?
The American Windsor has enjoyed uninterrupted popular usage for over
250 years beginning when the early colonists brought over the original English
versions from which it evolved . Today, only a Windsor made using those 18th
century style handtools and construction methods that pre-date manufacturing
actually continues that heritage. Wallace adheres to those methods.
But tools and techniques are only part of what makes a fine reproduction
Windsor. To "reproduce" means to replicate or recreate a specific Windsor
based on long hours of firsthand study where these originals are housed at
places like Winterthur, Historic Deerfield, Colonial Williamsburg and Historic
Philadelphia or in the possession of premier antiques dealers and
With literally hundreds of photographs and voluminous documentation
contained in the works of noted Windsor historians, the stylistic variety
of chairs, settees, benches and rockers is enormous. Wallace offers this
variety from which to select your reproduction.
There are readily distinguishable differences among Rhode Island, New York
and Philadelphia turnings of a ring and vase style leg and further idiosyncratic
differences in turnings done by the two Philadelphia Colonial master chairmakers,
Henzey and Trumble. Knuckles, combs, volutes, and ears all reflect regional
and individual differences. Generic turnings and randomly selected disparate
elements cobbled into a "composite" chair do not make a reproduction Windsor.
When you chose an American Windsor by Wallace you are assured that each piece
will have the timeless beauty, light elegance, and proven durability of the
original upon which it is based.
Named one of the top 200 best traditional craftsmen by Early American Life
Magazine, his work can be seen pictured in several of their annual directories.
According to Mimi Handler , former editor, "Peter has a remarkably good sense
of proportion. Like all traditional craftspeople, he learned the standard
from looking at the nuances of the old craftsmen. To be among the top 200
best craftsmen is not an honor to be taken lightly"
Wallace was profiled in Taunton Presses book THE CUSTOM FURNITURE SOURCE
BOOK, A GUIDE TO 125 CRAFTSMEN. It's author , Kerry Pierce , states "The
furnituremakers profiled in this book are some of the finest in North America.
They have been chosen by a jury on the basis of their craftsmanship and the
quality of their designs." Fine Woodworking Magazine featured Wallace's two
drawer Writing -arm chair done in highly figured tiger maple in 2002. Other
publications like Country Decorator and Woodshop News have done articles
on his work. HGTV solicited his work for their "Modern Masters" series.
Professionals affiliated with Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Waterford
have chosen Wallace's reproductions for their personal collections and his
work is also in the permanent collection of the White House.
Wallace has had the distinguished honor of having his Windsors selected by
the internationally acclaimed Landscape Architect and Garden Advisor to Hampton
Court Palace, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan , of London , England to be included
in a plan for a client's Sussex estate, where the pieces will once again
be used as garden furniture. To appreciate this compliment see
He is often commissioned to reproduce an original Windsor whose cost or
unavailability make it otherwise out of reach for an interested client.
Above all else, what makes a Wallace Windsor special is that it is a true
reproduction with each nuance of the original recognized for its historic
A single piece by Peter which he named "the Nanny Rocker " is an adaptation
of those rocking settees and southern rocking benches with removable gates
made in the 1800's. Featured in many publications, it is now being copied
in the belief that it was based on an actual historic example. While there
is no historic antecedent for his Nanny Rocker, a full sized combination
fixed cradle and rocker, it has come to be known as Peter's signature Windsor.
It is still made with the same 18th century construction methods and materials.
It too is special...a work of art infused with the unique creative perspective
of a dedicated craftsman.
Peter H. Wallace
69 Snyder Rd.
Kutztown, PA 19530
Phone/Fax: (610) 683-8224
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