SETTLE , a wooden
See also:bench, usually with arms and a high back, long enough to accommodate three or four sitters . It is most commonly movable, but occasionally fixed as in the " boxes " of those old
See also:coffee-houses of which a few examples still remain in
See also:London, and perhaps elsewhere . It shares with the chest and the
See also:chair the distinction of
See also:great antiquity . Its high back was a
See also:protection from the
See also:draughts of
See also:medieval buildings—a, protection which was sometimes increased by the addition of winged ends or a wooden
See also:canopy . It was most frequently placed near the
See also:fire in the
See also:common sitting-
See also:room . Constructed of
See also:oak, or other hard
See also:wood, it was extremely heavy, solid and durable . Few
See also:English examples of earlier date than the
See also:middle of the 16th century have come down to us; survivals from the Jacobean
See also:period are more numerous . Settles • of the more expensive type were often elaborately carved or incised; others were divided into plain panels . A well-preserved specimen, with its richly polished oak, darkened by
See also:time and beeswax, is a handsome piece of furniture often still to be found in its
See also:original environment--the
See also:kitchen or the manorial
See also:hall . Its vogue did not long outlast the first
See also:half of the 18th century, to which period most of the existing specimens belong .
LUIGI SETTEMBRINI (1813–1877)
ELKANAH SETTLE (1648–1724)
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