Patches II

Having read the earlier post Patches, Pablo Bronstein sent me a few pictures of a walnut escritoire in his possession with an unusual patch in the upper left side of the chest (figs. 1 & 2).

Fig. 1. Inlaid quadrant ebony stringing. (Pablo Bronstein)

Fig. 2. Measure twice, inlay once. (Pablo Bronstein)

I assume the inlay was added post 21st October 1805.

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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7 Responses to Patches II

  1. Matt says:

    I think I may have just replicated the mistake on all the other corner.


  2. Katya says:

    Could it be something perfectly imperfect; a deliberate flaw such as are woven in Persian carpets?


  3. Eric R says:

    I wonder why they didn’t just inlay the original trench?


  4. Tom Bristowe says:

    OK Mr Plane; I give up; your reference to the Battle of Trafalgar has got me stumped !


    • Jack Plane says:

      Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson – a much-loved British hero during his career – died at the Battle of Trafalgar. Subsequently, all manner of goods were made, or modified in his memory.

      It was common at the time for furniture to be inlaid with ebony or overall black lacquered or have commemorative brasses added.

      The ebony stringing on this walnut escritoire appears to have been added at a later date, so my assumption is that it was done in Nelson’s honour.



  5. Pablo Bronstein says:

    I agree with Mr Plane about the ebony stringing being later. It is somewhat inconsistent with and certainly clumsier than the inlay on the front and interior. Pablo


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