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The chairs have several features that warrant particular note. Both are made exclusively of mahogany, a wood that rarely appears in North American Windsor chairs, but is native to the Caribbean Islands. Equally important, the Jamaican artisan who constructed the chairs looked principally to America for stylistic inspiration. As this essay will demonstrate, Windsor chairs exported from Philadelphia to Jamaica in the eighteenth century had a significant impact on these island-made examples. Windsor chairs exported from Britain to Jamaica also impacted the designs, although to a lesser degree.
Chair two ~ The chair survives in overall fine structural condition, with minor expected signs of wear consistent with age and use. The chair long ago lost its original surface finish; the present surface was added in 2012 to approximate that of the accompanying chair.