Wonderful and rare curved back bacon settle (Setl i ddal cig moch), with front opening cupboards which are fitted with shelves and have remains of wrought iron hooks which were used to hang sides of bacon.
This settle probably originally stood in the middle of a room at right angles to the fireplace and with its back to the door, offering protection from drafts and useful storage as well as a comfortable seat. Made from beautifully figured timber.
Ash & Elm
Welsh or West Country circa 1800
60½” wide x 68¾” high x 24” deep / 153cm wide x 175cm high x 61cm deep
A similar ash & elm curved settle can be seen at Lindisfarne Castle, see National Trust Collections: http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/object/511555
See: Welsh Furniture by L.Twiston-Davies & H.J.Lloyd-Johnes, University of Wales Press 1950 for a similar elm example from West Wales.
See: Farm and Cottage Furniture in the West Country by Gabriel Olive and published by The Regional Furniture Society 2002.