Excerpt from Early English Furniture and Woodwork, Vol. 2
The next type, Fig. 2, which also belongs to the thirteenth century, is where the front is formed with very wide upright styles fixed ¿ush to the centre and acting as huge clamps. The tenons of the central panel are se... cured in the mortises of these vertical clamps by large wooden pegs, which are here allowed to project, and are finished Off as ornamental features. The entire front is fixed to the Sides with heavy wrought-iron nails. This chest is rare, for its date, in being ornamented with roundels and geometrical devices in chip-carving. As a rule, thirteenth-century chests are plain, and tracery was never applied. This Earl Stonham chest is supported on large runners, kept well away from the ends to minimise any tendency to sagging of the bottom.
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