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A George II Ash Bureau – Part Eight

The last report on this bureau was on the 4th of October 2013. In the interim Virginia and I have moved lock, stock and barrel to the country where I have temporarily set up shop in, what was formerly the … Continue reading

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A George II Ash Bureau – Part Six

In relation to A George II Ash Bureau – Part Five, a reader asked, “I don’t understand the mitre/cleat situation.  I don’t see a mitre anywhere in the pictures. Is this an english-to-english translation error?” Some falls had two cleats which … Continue reading

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A George II Ash Bureau – Part One

I have coveted this solid ash bureau (fig. 1) since the day I clapped eyes on it in a provincial English auction house nearly twenty years ago. Fig. 1. George II ash bureau, circa 1755. The bureau was in a … Continue reading

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A Maritime Bureau?

This late eighteenth-century picture by the artist Mason Chamberlin depicts Royal Navy Captain, John Bentinck, with his son in a ship’s cabin (presumably aboard the Centaur). Mason Chamberlin, Captain John Bentinck and his Son William Bentinck, c.1775. I am no … Continue reading

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Ash in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Centuries

The common ash or European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) is native to Europe and as far east as Turkey. It is a deciduous tree attaining a height of 20-30 metres (65-100 feet). The common ash.   Ash buds, foliage, keys and … Continue reading

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Restoration of Tracery Bookcase Doors

Apparently while the owners of this circa 1775 mahogany bookcase were moving house, the removers had both doors wide open while they unloaded the books into packing boxes. When the bookcase was almost empty of books the weight of the … Continue reading

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