Style In Furniture

Figure 13, Plate VII., is not a screen, though at the first glance at the illustration it might be taken for one; it is a "horse" dressing-glass (the term "cheval glass" is more commonly employed nowadays) provided with a handy attachment on each side for the reception of the innumerable odds-and-ends of the dressing-table which are inseparable from the feminine toilet. The glass in this case is made to rise and fall, being balanced by leaden weights ingeniously concealed in the side standards. The description given is as follows : "There is a brass handle behind the ornamented top to raise the glass by. The boxes on each side are intended to hold conveniences for dressing. On these there is a comb tray on the left side, and a pin-cushion on the right. When the dressing-boxes are not in use, they are intended to turn behind the glass. For this purpose they are fixed to a brass socket, which turns upon a short brass rod, and by a screw they may be raised up or lowered at pleasure."

What a true delight this master took in the invention and provision of these little " conveniences/1 and especially of those intended to increase the comfprt of the gentler sex; and how acceptable they must have been to his patrons, particularly to the fashionable dames and demoiselles of that period when toilet and dress were matters of paramount importance, and paint, powder, and patches were the order of the day. It is easy to'see, by the character of these cunning devices, that they came from the brain of a married man ; but how many of them, I wonder, were ever even seen—much less used—by the poor partner of the joys and sorrows of their inventor ? It is to be feared that few of them came th^way of that poor struggling soul.

/ While in the domain of the toilet, it behoves us to see what manner of bedstead Sheraton was wont to provide for those who favoured him with their patronage. We will first examine the three characteristic pillars which appear in Figs. 6, 7, and 8, Plate VII. The reader will do well to study

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