I'm looking at some continuous arm Windsor Chair designs. What I notice about them (and some comb back chairs) is that a few of the designs have an extension of the seat going out the back, and two long spindles running from this extension to the peak of the back.
I would think this is for support of the back to handle stresses of when you sit back...resisting the stress so as to not pull the arm off the spindles, for example.
What I'm curious about is: is this necessary in a well build Windsor chair?
Would all continuous arm WC's come apart over time without those supports?
What say ye?
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