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Boarded Chest

Boarded Chest

This late 16th century oak boarded chest is decorated with a striking lattice pattern of scratched lines. This sort of decoration was fairly common on lower status furniture as it was cheaper and easier than carving or marquetry. Though it dates from around 1550, the hinges and lock have been replaced later, implying it was used to hold something valuable at some point in its life.

You can find this item in the Birthroom.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 1994-73 – Boarded Chest


Pipkin

Pipkin

This pipkin is an excellent example of a cooking pot that would have been used during Shakespeare’s lifetime. Made in earthenware with three legs and a handle, this kind of pot would have been used to heat food by placing it on hot coals. You can find this in the kitchen at Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

You can find this item in the Kitchen Storeroom.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 1991-90 – Pipkin


Oak Cradle

Oak Cradle

This oak cradle of early sixteenth-century design was probably of seventeenth century manufacture. It is entirely possible that John and Mary Shakespeare had a cradle such as this to use in the upbringing of their children. As you would expect, you can see this cradle in-situ in the Birthroom at Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

You can find this item in the Birthroom.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 2006-17 – Oak Cradle



Falcon inn chair

Falcon Inn Chair

This is the Falcon Inn chair, also called the Bidford chair that can be seen on visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace. The chair is reputed to be the chair Shakespeare sat in whilst competing in a drinking competition at the old Falcon Inn, Bidford-on-Avon. The story goes that after competing in the competition Shakespeare fell asleep under tree on his way home.

You can find this item in the Exhibition Room.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 1865-5 – Falcon Inn Chair



Boarded stool

Boarded Stool

This simple piece of oak wood furniture was made between 1540 and 1560. Boarded stools were constructed of squared or shaped boards that were nailed or pegged together. They would have been cheaper and less robust than furniture which made use of joinery techniques. Though they were simple in design, it was common for boarded stools to have some decoration, usually carved into the legs or side panels (aprons).

You can find this item in the Hall.

To learn more, read about this item in our online catalogue: 1999-21 - Boarded Stool

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