Bible Box on Low Side Table
17th cent. (Stuart) onwards. A Bible box with Bible upon a low side table.
1/24th - £16
Knee-hole Desk with leather top and opening drawers
Mid 18th cent. (Georgian) onwards. The top drawer and desktop are fixed upon two side pedestals of drawers (hence the alternative name of pedestal desk) with an opening in between to accommodate the legs when sitting.
1/24th - £50
Bureau (with opening drawers)
18th cent. (Georgian) onwards. A desk made up of a chest of drawers below a sloping section that is enclosed by a drop-down hinged door. When the door is open it is supported by two lopers and forms a writing surface. The interior of the sloping desk is fitted with pigeon holes to the rear.
1/24th - £50
18th cent. (Georgian) onwards. A bureau as above but with a bookcase or cupboard above. The bookcase has two shelves and is enclosed by opening wooden doors.
1/24th - £60
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Aumbry, Dole or Livery Cupboard
14th cent. (Medieval) onwards.
A food cupboard with gothic piercings to keep the food aired and fresh. The inside of these piercings were covered with cloth to keep flies and other insects from entering. Used in churches, called dole cupboard, to keep the food alms to be doled out to the poor. In large Tudor homes additional food and lighting materials were ‘delivered’ to the rooms of each member of the household and kept in these cupboards, hence the term livery cupboard.
Tudor Low Dresser
Late 16th cent. (Tudor) onwards. A dresser was originally a board or table on which to ‘dress’ the food before serving it. Later dressers had drawers or a cupboard below the table.
16th cent. (Tudor) onwards. An early type of sideboard on which to display plates or food.
1/24th - £
Late 16th cent. (Tudor) onwards. These cupboards were not very tall and their name may well have come from the French word ‘court’, which means short. They were used for the storage of pewter, crockery, linen and dry foods. Virtually all Lakeland houses would have had a ‘bread cupboard’, as they were commonly known, for storing the home-made clap bread.
1/24th - £50
Boarded Chest (non-opening)
12th cent. (Medieval). Little more than a box raised off the floor. The front and rear horizontal pieces were nailed onto the vertical end pieces. Unfortunately, over time, these end pieces would shrink and the front and rear panels would crack and split.
1/24th - £9
16/17th cent. (late Tudor/Stuart) onwards. To overcome the problem with the front and rear pieces cracking, the panelled chest was made. The panels were held loosely within frames, enabling each panel to shrink without splitting.
18th cent. (Georgian) onwards. This type of dresser would be used in the kitchen with the base or pot board used for the storage of large pots, etc. Above this are three opening drawers and a fixed shelf unit on which to display plates.
1/24th - £35
16th cent. (Tudor)onwards. Spices needed to be kept dry, so a spice cupboard in which to store them was often fitted into the rear wall of an inglenook where the fire would ensure this.
1/24th - £8
Dresser with Cupboards
19th cent. (Victorian) onwards. This type of dresser was often found in dining rooms rather than kitchens. This particular one is based upon the dresser in the main room of Beatrix Potter’s home, Hill Top.
1/24th - £50
The chest was the most common type of furniture during the period; even modest homes would have at least one. They were used for storage, seating and sometimes even for sleeping.
(with lifting coop door)
19th cent. (Victorian) onwards. Hens will not lay in the cold, so they were brought indoors during the winter to encourage laying or to hatch chicks. The central section of the dresser lifted up to allow the hens in and out of the coop. This one is based upon one used by my grandparents during the First World War.
1/24th - £28
Chicken Dresser with chickens
As above but comes with an assortment of three different chickens (actual chickens may vary from those shown).
1/24th - £43
19th cent. (Victorian) onwards. A cupboard with wire wooden framed door to protect cooked meat and pies from flies. It was raised off the floor to protect against mice and rats.
1/24th - £12
All doors and drawers open unless stated otherwise