A few years back I embarrassed myself by drooling over this highfalutin English settle:
with all its fussy and fancy joinery like:
I will try to redeem myself by presenting this other English settle for the rest (the best?) of us:
Painted English Settle
Description: Late 18th century, mixed woods, with allover old blue-grey paint, one piece form with high concave back and conforming seat, shaped arms, reeded exterior seat rail, rear splayed base, vertical beaded board.
Size: 66 x 78 x 24 in.
Condition: Early, possibly original paint; later tray to original right arm; seat with expected wear; rear left lower panel loose and bowed; overall good estate condition given age and rarity.
Estimate: $1,500 – $3,000
18th century people must have had smaller butts.
There might be something going on with the sides. The sides are not continuous. The boards stop and start at the seat. How the boards tie in to the seat is not clear. Yet, it still exists over 200 years since it was built.
The back boards are beaded but not half lapped or tongue and grooved. The boards are well fitted but not parallel or necessarily perpendicular.