In the early 1700s, upholstered easy chairs were the most costly seating furniture available. They were designed with “wings” for protection from drafts in poorly heated rooms. The Montgomery chair, created around 1800, is a more delicate version of its predecessor. With a tall, straight, upholstered back, it closely resembles a lady’s lolling chair of the period but maintains the sweeping arms of the earlier form. The cone-shape vertical arm support is typical of New England. Hickory Chair artists have adapted the design of Winterthur’s New England easy chair to create this contemporary form.