ticularly during the reign of "The Merry Monarch/' were numerous chairs of the type indicated on this page, very simple forms, with leather covering, studded with brass nails.

The chair illustrated is interesting, not only as a type, but on account of its present ownership and the manner in which it was originally acquired by its proud and rarely-gifted possessor. The story has already been told by me in one of the magazines, but it will, I think, bear re-telling here.

It is some years now—how many need not be recorded — since a merry little party w^as settled down in the cosy parlour of a quaint country inn, half farm house and half hostelry, to celebrate a farewell symposium ; conviviality was the order of the night. The gathering was in honour of two guests, whose departure was timed for the morrow. On their arrival, some weeks before, they had not met with a very hearty reception at the hands of mine host—a sturdy countryman of the good old-fashioned type, who, on viewing their impedimenta, which consisted of paint-boxes, easels, and other accessories of the palette and brush, eyed them askance as

Stuart Chair

(Now in the possession of Mr. J. Seymour

(See above for reference)

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