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

The stand’s carcase is now finished – but for the front-to-back oriented top boards which will be nailed into the provided rebate (arrowed, fig. 1) once the drawer is completed and the drawer stops have been rubbed in place. Fig. … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Paul de Lamerie

Paul de Lamerie died on the 1st of August 1751. Considered the greatest silversmith in Britain during the eighteenth-century, De Lamerie was actually born in the Dutch Republic in 1688. His Huguenot father fled religious persecution in France in 1685, … Continue reading

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The King is Dead. Long Live the Queen!

While out riding, William III fell from his horse, suffering a broken collarbone. Complications later led to him contracting pneumonia, from which he succumbed on the 8th of March, 1702. On the same day of her brother-in-law’s untimely death, Anne … Continue reading

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God Save Queen Mary

Sir Peter Lely, Queen Mary II, circa 1677. On the 28th of December 1694 Mary II, wife and first cousin of joint monarch, William III, died from smallpox. Raised a Protestant, Mary was the eldest daughter of (Roman Catholic) James … Continue reading

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At your Convenience

We largely tend to take the lavatory for granted nowadays, but in pre-Victorian times, the average person’s daily constitutional would have likely involved varying levels of discomfort, draughts and conspicuousness in the open landscape. If one had the means, one … Continue reading

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Queen Anne

Anne was born on February 6th, 1665 to Anne Hyde and James II. Although James was a nonconformist, Anne was baptised an Anglican. Anne’s older sister, Mary, also a Protestant, married William II and jointly succeeded Anne’s and Mary’s father to … Continue reading

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