Monthly Archives: July 2014

The North Wind doth Blow…

… And We shall have Snow (according to the sixteenth-century rhyme). In our case, however, it meant our house blew away. We’ve had horrendous weather this week with record temperatures and howling winds. Luckily I was out when the roof … Continue reading

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Chair-Back Settees

A popular form of mid- to late eighteenth-century seating was the chair-back settee, in double-, triple-, and quadruple-back formats. Fig. 1. George II Irish mahogany double chair-back settee, circa 1740. (O’Sullivan Antiques) Chair-back settees are constructed in much the same … Continue reading

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Robert Bakewell’s Chair

A somewhat uncommendable provincial chair in The Collection from The Royal Agricultural Society of England (fig. 1), auctioned by Dreweatts at Bloomsbury House, London on the 11th of July, sold for £9,000 ($16,370). Fig. 1. Unusual country-made chair, circa 1750. … Continue reading

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Hear! Hear!

Firing glasses (so called because of the musket-shot report the glasses produced when slammed on table tops in enthusiastic agreement with orators and speakers) first appeared in the late seventeenth-century. Firing glasses from this period are rare; the majority of … Continue reading

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Two Joynt-Stools and a Miasma

Samuel Pepys’ woke on the 6th of July, 1661 to the news his uncle Robert had died at Brampton the previous night. Samuel rode to Brampton where, according to his diary entry… My uncle’s corps in a coffin standing upon … Continue reading

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Samuel Buys a Chest of Drawers

Samuel Pepys’ diary entry for Monday the 1st of July, 1661: This morning I went up and down into the city, to buy several things, as I have lately done, for my house. Among other things, a fair chest of … Continue reading

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