Mahogany Dining Table

4 fl. 6 ins. long • 2 ft. 11 ins. deep x 2 ft. 6 ins. high.

the brunt of the hard times fell on the workmen, as in the case of the " seventies," which many cabinet-makers of the present day can remember.

In the cost-book of 17S4 occurs the entry : —

Mr. Dowbiggin's time preparing and gilding, 5 days, 7 hours . . 16 6

2 books, 5 leaves of gold, and size 3 8

Glass for oval frame, 10 ins. x 8 ins 26

This Mr. Dowbiggin was the founder of the celebrated Mount .Street firm now known as Holland & Son. He figures in several of the books, and in the same capacity as a gilder. The wages of gilders appear to have been nearly twice as high as those of cabinet-makers at this period, as is shown by comparison of several entries. Two shillings and sixpence of that date, equivalent to about eight shillings of our present-day money, for little more than half a square foot of glass, shows that the former extortionate prices were still maintained. It is little wonder that in the framing of what are now rare prints, margins were ruthlessly sacrificed. The covering glass must have been more valuable than the print it was designed to protect, in the greater majority of instances.

In 1784 mahogany must have been comparatively cheap. Thus on 28th January of this year occurs the entry :—

"1 piece of Mahoganny, 4 ft. square (? 4 square feet) inch stuff at 2d. {i per foot)."

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