• Circa: 1880
• Provenance: England, UK
• Wood: Solid oak
• Item: Sewing Box / Seat Stool
• Constructed in Victorian period
• Early 17th century oak timbers
• Hinged moulded lid
• Original iron strap hinges
• 3 baize lined pull out work trays / boxes
• Lunette carved frieze
• Baluster turned block legs
• Block stretchers
• Peg & joined construction
• Lovely dark colour
• Original polish & patination
• Solid in joint
• Free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland*
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This is a rustic Charles II style oak joint close box stool, constructed in the Victorian period (circa 1880) from earlier 17th century timbers, in good original condition. Incorporating a moulded hinged lid, secured by iron strap hinges, the interior is fitted with three baize lined pull out work trays / boxes. The stool would make an ideal sewing box or tidy. The front and sides of the box are decorated with a lunette carved frieze. The box is constructed in the traditional peg and joined manner and is raised on four baluster turned block legs, united with block stretchers for added stability.
The style of this joint stool reflects the mid-late 17th century, specifically the Charles II restoration period, which was between 1660 to 1685. The term Restoration is used to describe both the actual event by which the monarchy was restored, and the period of several years afterwards in which a new political settlement was established after the wars between England, Scottish and Irish monarchies.
These types of boxes were also originally referred to as a “close” stool, as it was used in confined spaces, or “night stools” as some would have had a pewter chamber pot stored inside the box. It’s unlikely this one was used with a chamber pot because it had a candle box inside and there would have not been room for both items. This primitive box would have been used for storing candles and shoes etc., and also used as a small table in a kitchen. It was small enough to be carried around in the house wherever a small stool or table was required.
According to the Victor Chinnery Oak Book, there is a record of a two seat close stool sold (slightly longer than the one we have) in 1602 for 40 shillings (page reference 270). To put this value into perspective, apparently, in 1611 the Archbishop of Dublin was paid 40 shillings per annum.
This stool has a beautiful deep rich oak patina, which has been generated by the years of cleaning and care it has received. This truly is a very beautiful item with quality construction and is original throughout. This item would certainly grace any home. So don’t miss out on your chance to own such a lovely antique item.
Height = 41.5cm or 16⅜” or 1ft 4⅜”
Width = 47.2cm or 18⅝” or 1ft 6⅝”
Depth = 35cm or 13¾” or 1ft 1¾”
This box stool is in good original condition. The stool has been constructed in the Victorian period (circa 1880) from earlier 17th century timbers. Nominal old use marks to the exterior and leading edges but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The original iron strap hinges are in good working condition. The interior is fitted with three baize lined pull out work trays / boxes (none are missing). The box retains its original polish, therefore boasts a lovely colour and patination. It is solid in joint and ready to use.
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Ref: Box Stool 3