I often find something new about an old topic. A few years ago I came across this piece at large outdoor antique festival:
I shared what I was told about this chest with a few people. They expressed some skepticism that this was seagoing furniture. The dealer told me that there was a similar chest at thee National Maritime Museum Greenwich. I looked online and found:
Their site has another view of the chest:
You can see the chest’s museum page HERE.
Recently, I received my copy of Shearer Furniture Designs from the Cabinet-Makers’ Book of Prices 1788. The full title seems to be:
The cabinet-makers’ London book of prices, and designs of cabinet work, calculated for the convenience of cabinet makers in general, whereby the price of executing any piece of work may be easily found.
I have a 1962 facsimile of the third edition, 1803, formerly of the Department of Education, University of Keele in Keele, Staffordshire. I have another copy of the same edition published in 2010 by Eighteenth Century Collections Online Print Editions that includes tables with highly detailed price lists for the manufacture of furniture. For instance, a 2 foot oval work table with plain tapered legs should sell for 7 shillings. Veneering the top would add 8 pence. Cross-band or a margin around then top would add 4 pence per foot. Oiling and polishing another 3 pence. Can’t get Bob Flexner for that.
The Shearer in the title refers to Tom Shearer, a presumed designer of furniture and craftsman that signed 17 of the original 20 plates in the 1788 edition of this book. The other three are anonymous.
In this book is the following plate:
And the description: