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Antique Settles

The antique settles we stock are most often 18th century, from the Georgian period, and made from oak or elm.

Settle is a word of Anglo-Saxon origin, meaning a long bench with arms and a back, which could seat several people. Antique settles probably developed from fixed seats with high backs built against a wall. They were often high and box like to exclude draughts.

By the end of the 17th century settles were popular pieces of furniture, which continued to be made throughout the 18th and into the 19th centuries, particularly in rural areas.

Box settles have a lift-up section of the seat to access the box shaped storage space below.

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