Monthly Archives: August 2012

Embroidered Furniture at Montacute House

From my absolute favourite English house, Andrew May, on the National Trust’s Montacute House blog has posted about a suite of embroidered furniture. One of the chairs is protected from the sun by a bold check case which I presume … Continue reading

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Four London Cabinet Founders and Ironmongers

Further to Furniture Brasses, the following London cabinet founders’ and ironmongers’ trade advertisements from the mid-eighteenth-century illustrate the vast array of merchandise they produced. John Giles & Shadrh. Mulliner, Cabinet Founders and Ironmongers, at the Two Candlesticks & Bell, in … Continue reading

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Halloo! Young Glewpot!

A Broken Leg, or the Carpenter the best Surgeon. c.1800 (artist unknown). Jack Plane

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Kitchen Cabinetmaking

The Lottery Ticket or the Sunshine of Hope. c.1792 (artist unknown). Jack Plane

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Cook’s Discovery of Australia

On the 21st of August, 1770 Captain James Cook arrived at Nova Hollandia (previously discovered by Dutchman, Abel Tasman in 1644; several other Europeans before him and various Melanesian and South East Asian peoples around 45,000 years prior to that), … Continue reading

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The Case for Protecting Upholstery

The eighteenth-century witnessed an immense rise – and imbalance – in personal wealth, spawning the demand for comfortable and fashionable furnishings. Ownership of upholstered chairs and sofas would have come at considerable cost, confirming one’s status. It would have been … Continue reading

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Cleaning Brasses

Curiously, despite recently counselling against the polishing of brasses in Furniture Brasses, a couple of readers emailed me asking how best to go about polishing them. Instanter I referred to Miss Leslie’s House Book for the unequivocal answer which I … Continue reading

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Furniture Brasses

In the early seventeenth-century, furniture fittings – handles, hasps, hinges and locks – were wrought from iron by black- and whitesmiths; often with surprising finesse. Whitesmiths also produced tinned iron fittings which, when new, would have shone like silver, but … Continue reading

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The Acts of Union

On the 1st of August 1800 The Act of Union (Ireland) 1800 was signed by the Kingdom of Ireland (now the Republic of Ireland) – the Kingdom of Great Britain’s The Union with Ireland Act 1800 having been earlier signed on … Continue reading

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