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posted 05-26-2001 08:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moe   Click Here to Email Moe     Edit/Delete Message
In the old days, let's say in the Elizabethan times, what would thay term a two seater sofa?
Where can I find more furniture terms used during that time and their equivalent at present?

posted 05-27-2001 01:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peter   Click Here to Email Peter     Edit/Delete Message
Furniture !
Hope someone else gives you a good answer, not quite my subject.
But by the times you mentioned items had become a little more sophisticated than mere benches and trestle tables of medieval days.
Individual chairs had appeared, and good solid tables, carved stools etc. But must stuff was still pretty solid and utilitarian.
Knifes were still the main eating item, although nice pewter abounds from those times.
Nice comfy sofas were still in the future, although cushions for the gentry were common. Coming, I think, from sleeping pillows.
Popular wood was oak. Because it carved well, was solid and lasted.
I'll leave the rest to someone else !

posted 06-08-2001 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for penelope   Click Here to Email penelope     Edit/Delete Message
Moe; a two seater sofa is a settee, also Elizabethan furniture books can be found in most museum bookstores. I've found alot of research material there, also most reference libraries should have what you're looking for. Don't ask me for websites I'm new to this.

posted 06-09-2001 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for penelope   Click Here to Email penelope     Edit/Delete Message
The proper word is settee meaning seating for two. The Royal Ontario Museum has a website where you might be able to access their catalogues on furniture. They have a good collection of furniture from that time period. Also the British Museum's website. I understand about your time constraints by acquiring a few catalogue books will give you information and a picture to help with your writing. Good luck

posted 06-15-2001 06:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moe   Click Here to Email Moe     Edit/Delete Message
Just plain 'setee' eh? Hmmph, do you think they were all cushiony? I know feathers were used extensively then especially for bedding and all that. Mites would have been all over to some extent wouldn't it?

Most old furniture I had a look, had already been refurbished so it's kinda difficult to imagine an authentic setee, say. But thanks Penelope.

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