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Ilminster collector poses antiques riddle
8:30am Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
AN antiques collector from Ilminster has uncovered an important piece of history at a clearance sale and is now calling on the public to help him find out exactly where it came from.
Philip Newbury bought the 18th century furniture maker’s sample cabinet for £30 after the piece was salvaged from a tip in Chard.
After taking it along to the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow in Exeter last month, Philip has discovered what it was used for but would like to find out who owned it back in the 1700s – and who threw it away.
He said: “Back in the 1700s, if you wanted a certain item of furniture to be made you would go to the local furniture maker and they would show you what type of woods were available.
“This should have 160 different kinds of woods, it has 158 – there are two missing – but each one is from around the world.
“It is important because it marks the beginning of our furniture heritage.
Back then, if you wanted to source wood from China it would take you a month to sail there and then another month back.”
He added: “It would have been a very expensive box to produce so the person who owned it would have made it and he would have been a very well-to-do furniture maker back in the 17th century, like a Chippendale.
“Whoever owned it didn’t know what they had was important but they might recognise it now.”
If you have any information about the item email Philip on email@example.com
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