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The Vagaries of Mounting Ladies

Whilst viewing an estate clearance sale recently, a few old tack room fittings and stable accessories reminded me of some of the esoteric accoutrements so beloved of wealthy eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century equestrians. Fig. 1. Extravagant mahogany boot jack by … Continue reading

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Gillows Collection in Jeopardy

A reader spammed my last post with a link to the Save the Judges’ Lodgings Museum in Lancaster, but before deleting it, I followed the link and discovered that it’s not just the future of the museum that’s in jeopardy, … Continue reading

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The Gillows Windsor Chair

The rustic and oft clumsy wooden-seated chairs of the early eighteenth-century were initially employed as outdoor seating and painted (usually in green) to better resist the elements. Over the following decades the Windsor chair’s shape and form were refined and … Continue reading

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Picture This XVII

…or what-nots to like. Fig. 1. Drawing No. 95/579 from Gillows’ archive, circa 1790. John Savage, working for the famous Lancastrian cabinetmaking firm of Gillows, produced this mahogany what-not (fig. 2), dated the 22nd of March 1790, for their wareroom … Continue reading

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Furniture Brasses

In the early seventeenth-century, furniture fittings – handles, hasps, hinges and locks – were wrought from iron by black- and whitesmiths; often with surprising finesse. Whitesmiths also produced tinned iron fittings which, when new, would have shone like silver, but … Continue reading

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Splayed Foot Construction

I have been chastised for dismissing splayed feet so hurriedly in Bracket Foot Construction, so hopefully the following will placate those individuals who justifiably felt cheated. I am somewhat ambivalent about splayed feet (also known as ‘French’ feet): They first appeared … Continue reading

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