Monthly Archives: November 2015

A William III Ash Chest-on-Stand – Part Three

The cabinetmaker’s insertion of the featherbanding in this chest would be considered – even by most of his contemporaries – as ‘wrong’. One can’t deny the proficiency of the man as a cabinetmaker constructing a basic chest, but it can’t … Continue reading

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Samuel Pepys Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum

As a reliable and valuable late seventeenth-century resource, I have quoted or cited Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) many times on this blog. The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is currently running an exhibition, Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution from the 20th … Continue reading

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A William III Ash Chest-on-Stand – Part Two

I am never without something to occupy myself, but spring is a particularly active time of the year: Horses, foals (currently five, with another three due imminently), tree planting, tree watering, keeping the greens in order and a myriad of … Continue reading

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Picture This LXVI

Since Picture This LXV was so well received, here’s another item of early English furniture for the sleuths to elucidate. Fig. 1. Oak desk on cabriole legs. (Bonham’s) It’s no good saying “… it’s George IV”; I want hard dates … Continue reading

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UK’s Oldest Tree Undergoing Sex Change

I previously mentioned Scotland’s Fortingall Yew here. Well apparently there’s something queer going on with it: The UK’s oldest tree, thought to be up to 5,000 years old, is undergoing a “sex change”. Records have always noted the Fortingall Yew … Continue reading

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Picture This LXV

Just for a bit of fun this time; before I offer my assessment of this oak and yew chest-on-stand, would anyone else care to interpret the images and propose a date? Fig. 1. Oak and yew chest-on-stand. (Tooveys) Fig. 2. … Continue reading

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Today a Prince (of Orange)

William III, the sovereign Prince of Orange, was born at Binnenhof, The Hague, in the Dutch Republic on the 4th of November 1650. William ruled over England, Ireland, and Scotland from 1689 until his death in 1702 when he was … Continue reading

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