Monthly Archives: December 2013


On the 31st of December 1759, aged 34, Arthur Guinness took a £45 per annum, 9,000 year lease on a four acre property in St. James’s Gate in Dublin. Arthur initially brewed ale, but began brewing porter in 1778 and … Continue reading

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Ringing in the New Year

There are still a couple of brass founders in existence that reproduce faithful seventeenth- and eighteenth-century style furniture brasses for discerning furniture makers and restorers. Their voluminous and diverse inventories are to be commended. Iron nails, locks and whitesmiths’ goods, … Continue reading

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Georgians Revealed at the British Library

Georgians Revealed – Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain, until 11 March 2014 Discover the Georgians as they really were, through the objects that tell the stories of their lives. From beautifully furnished homes to raucous gambling dens, … Continue reading

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Christmas Crackets

Our first Christmas in the country will be a busy one: In between breaking horses, we are hosting a running BBQ throughout the day for our Antipodean family and friends – and some of the guests will indeed be seated … Continue reading

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Sea(t) Worthy

Continuing with the thread of blogs on maritime furniture, I came across this folding chair, typical of many used aboard warships in the late eighteenth-century, which were designed to be easily stowed during battle. Fig. 1. Mahogany Hepplewhite folding chair, … Continue reading

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Picture This XXII

This corner cabinet (currently for sale at a well known Providence, Rhode Island antiques dealer’s) is described as a “Diminutive Mahogany Queen Anne Corner Cabinet with Mariner’s Star, England, c.1740-60.” I won’t dwell on the fact that Queen Anne died … Continue reading

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Irish Tortoiseshell?

I have previously written about faux tortoiseshell used to decorate case furniture and mirror frames etc., but none of the processes involved the use of any actual animal matter. On the subject of creating a passable keratin substitute for genuine … Continue reading

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