A few years back I embarrassed myself by drooling over this highfalutin English settle:


A fine and fancy English settle. As high a falutin as you can get.

with all its fussy and fancy joinery like:





through tenons.

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


This lot has sold for $4600.


Equally noble in profile. Proud of its splayed base.

18th century people must have had smaller butts.


Only fancy joinery is notches on the sides for the top rail.

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.


What mysteries does the molding hide. Too late. The settle has gone to its new forever home. At least until the next auction.

The back boards are beaded but not half lapped or tongue and grooved. The boards are well fitted but not parallel or necessarily perpendicular.


More later.