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Flax breaker

This is a beech-wood red-painted flax breaker of typical form. It rests on tapering solid end-supports with stretchers. It is British. Height 565mm, Length 976mm, Width 161mm

Foot Stool

This footstool was the property of author George Eliot. The tapestry's red leaf design is thought to have been sewn by George Eliot herself. George Eliot (born Mary Ann Evans) was a local authoress ...

Four-legged stool

This West Country stool has a square seat and four plain legs. It is made of elm and pine. It dates from the 19th century. Height 268mm, Length 262mm, Depth 262mm

Four-legged stool

This rectangular stool is made of ash, and has four ring-turned splayed legs. It comes from England's West Country, and is dated from the 19th century. Height 348mm, Length 390mm, Depth 282mm

Green-painted Windsor armchair

This armchair is made of ash. It has in-curved front arm-supports nailed to ring-turned uprights, on ring-turned legs joined by stretchers. There are seven sticks at the back. The old dark green paint ...

High-back settle

This winged settle is made of painted pine. It has a slightly curved outline, with a plank back and shaped ends extending to the feet. It comes from England's West Country and dates from the early 19th ...

Irish Windsor armchair

This is a red-painted ash chair with a perched curved bar, toprail and arms raised on front supports. It has a solid seat and four splayed legs. It comes from Ireland and dates from the 19th century. ...

Lace Box - open

This wooden box was used to store lace by local author George Eliot. In common with many Victorian ladies George Eliot adorned her clothing with lace. George Eliot (born Mary Ann Evans) was a local ...

Lace Box - sale label

Interesting provenance label on the lid of the lace box. This refers to the sale by the estate of Mrs Charles Lee Lewes at Sotheby's 27 June 1923. [see Painting of Dante for another item from this sale]. This ...


A tall lamp with a heavy square metal base and a tall white tube. It has metal fixings at the top.


A brass lamp with a circular base. It has a long shaft, a circular support, and a screw thread at the top. The lamp is hollow down to the base and has a circular brass wire shade.

Miniature Wooden Cabinet and 'China'

Miniature wooden cabinet with glass fronted doors, and sides, containing a tiny wooden dinner service. Mid 19th century 288mm x 343mm x 117mm deep


This dressing table mirror belonged to the author George Eliot and it is thought to have been carved by her father, Mr. Robert Evans, from an Arbury oak. He was the Land Agent for the Arbury Estate. George ...

Oval Wooden Tray

This oval wooden tray belonged to George Eliot and was used to carry a supper service set. They were given together as a wedding gift to George Eliot and John Cross, who married in 1880, shortly before ...

Painted settle with squab seat and cushions

This settle is made of beechwood, painted to simulate bamboo. It has a spindle galleried back and sides, shaped arm supports, a caned seat and square legs. On it there is a patchwork squab seat and three ...

Piano - keyboard

This piano belonged to local author George Eliot, who was given it by her partner George Henry Lewes. It was made by John Broadwood and Sons, London. George Eliot (born Mary Ann Evans) was a local ...

Pole Screen

A Georgian pole screen. It is shield shaped with a wooden surround and a glass pane over a needlework design. The screen depicts a woman and child. There are two brass fixings for a pole at the back.

Pole Screen Stand

A wooden stand for a pole screen. It has a long shaft and three wooden feet. It also has an acorn finial.