Trestle Table & 2 Benches kit
16th cent. (Tudor) onwards. A long table designed to seat all the family. The table top rested on trestles, which were fixed in place by a central stretcher. During the early part of this period it was usual to sit on benches or settles; chairs were rare.
1/48th - £7
A-frame Table kit
12th cent. (Medieval) onwards. A basic table on which to work and store food.
Cottage Table & 2 Chairs kit
18th cent. (Georgian) onwards. A basic planked table and two simple ladder-back chairs with wooden seats. These would have been made by local carpenters for the ordinary working classes.
1/48th - £5
Boarded Chest kit (with lift off lid)
12th cent. (Medieval). Little more than a box raised off the floor. The front and rear horizontal pieces were nailed onto the vertical end pieces. Unfortunately, over time, these end pieces would shrink and the front and rear panels would crack and split.
1/48th - £2.50
Aumbrey kit (non-opening)
14th cent. (Medieval) onwards.
A food cupboard with gothic piercings to keep the food aired and fresh. The inside of these piercings were covered with cloth to keep flies and other insects from entering. Used in churches, called dole cupboard, to keep the food alms to be doled out to the poor. In large Tudor homes additional food and lighting materials were ‘delivered’ to the rooms of each member of the household and kept in these cupboards, hence the term livery cupboard.
1/48th - £6.50
16th cent. (Tudor) onwards. Often positioned by the fire in the living room/kitchen. A high back and sides to keep draughts away.
1/48th - £4
Chicken Dresser kit (with lifting coop door)
19th cent. (Victorian) onwards. Hens will not lay in the cold, so they were brought indoors during the winter to encourage laying or to hatch chicks. The central section of the dresser lifted up to allow the hens in and out of the coop. This one is based upon one used by my grandparents during the First World War.
1/48th - £7.50
Panelled Chest kit (with lift off lid)
16/17th cent. (late Tudor/Stuart) onwards. To overcome the problem with the front and rear pieces cracking, the panelled chest was made. The panels were held loosely within frames, enabling each panel to shrink without splitting.
1/48th - £5
Tudor Box Chair kit
16th cent. (Tudor) onwards. Chairs were rare in this period and only the well-to-do possessed them. They were limited to the Lord and Lady in the large hall and may be in their bed chambers. The carved oak box type (very upright and uncomfortable looking) was in general use until the late 16th century.
1/48th - £6.50