Monthly Archives: February 2014

George II Walnut Ladderback Chair – Part One

Ladderback chairs (so called because of their horizontal back splats’ obvious resemblance to the rungs of a ladder) are a vernacular form of chair made by local craftsmen from green, coppiced wood such as ash and beech (fig. 1). Fig. … Continue reading

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George Washington

In light of the growing numbers of North American readers of this blog, I thought I would observe, today, the birth of George Washington, one of the Founding Fathers and the first President of the United States of America (1789 … Continue reading

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Rare Joseph Knibb Clock at Auction

One of the most important early English longcase clocks to come on to the market in the last ten years will be sold at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale of Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments on Tuesday 11th March … Continue reading

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Antiques Restorers

Amongst the emails I receive from readers, one of the most frequent requests is to recommend an antique furniture restorer. I know a number of quality restorers whom I am happy to recommend, but I always advise interstate or international … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Extravaganza at Museum of London

For one night only, amorous visitors to the Museum of London will have the chance to see the steamy side of the 18th century. A series of erotic tiles, detailing various sexual positions and even spanking, will go on display … Continue reading

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Chippendale S-hole Locks and Escutcheons

Some of the less flamboyant everyday (non-commissioned?) case furniture produced in Thomas Chippendale’s workshop bore – what are reputedly his favourite[1] – floral-and-torus bails (figs. 1 & 2). Fig. 1. Plain brass floral-and-torus bail, circa 1765. Fig. 2. Gilt brass … Continue reading

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A Good Deal of Fir and Pine

I just read Samuel Pepys’ diary entry for the 31st of January wherein he wrote “This morning with Mr. Coventry at Whitehall about getting a ship to carry my Lord’s deals to Lynne…” Basically, Pepys was organising the delivery of … Continue reading

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