This is a very rare, genuine and primitive Charles II Oak close box stool dating back to the Restoration Period, circa 1660.
• Circa 1660
• Period Restoration Period
• Provenance England, UK
• Wood Solid oak
• Item Close / box / night stool
• Hinged moulded lid
• Original iron butterfly hinges
• Peg construction
• Reeded inset panel design
• Bobbin cross stretchers
• Bobboin feet
• Rich dark oak colour
• Very sturdy
• Excellent condition
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This is a very rare, genuine and primitive Charles II Oak close box stool dating back to the Restoration Period, circa 1660 and would have been used in a country home. 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.
The box has a hinged lid, which boasts the original butterfly iron hinges to the back. The box is constructed using the traditional peg method. It features a moulded top with inset reeded panels to the front, back and sides. Below, the stool features bobbin legs with connecting stretchers for added stability. The box boasts an excellent colour.
This type of box was called a “close” stool as it was used in confined spaces. Sometimes these types of stools were also referred to as a “night stool” 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) was sold 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 item 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. It is rare to see one in such good condition. This item would certainly grace any home. So don’t miss out your chance to own such a lovely antique item.
This box stool is in excellent condition. Nominal old use marks to the exterior and leading edges but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The hinges are in excellent working condition. The interior, including the candle box has been restored in Victorian times. The feet have been re-tipped some time ago – this is not unusual to see the fit re-tipped because they were the first point of contact with damp floors. The feet would have also been in contact with water when the stone floors would have been cleaned. The box retains the original polish, which is the reason why it displays such as stunning deep rich dark oak colour. This item is free of woodworm, solid in joint and ready to use.
Height = 52.6cm or 1ft 8¾”
Width = 59.5cm or 1ft 11½”
Depth = 47.8cm or 1ft 6¾”
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