A wonderful demonstration of craftsmanship and attention to detail inside and out. This blanket box / storage chest is much rarer and more unusual than normally sold as the lid also features the same distinctive individually selected oak panelling, pegging, chamfered edges and adzing as the front, back and sides. Not only is the entire framework adzed, each individual panel is too, which harks back to the earliest construction techniques learn’t and used by Sid when he trained at Thompson’s. To contain costs most modern made blanket boxes by R. Thompson’s and others now only feature adzing to the lid section, which itself is more cheaply made from a plain single or double planked top. The inside panels were varnished from new, as wax will taint bedding and clothing, and still look pristine, the base is stained a darker oak colour. Externally the chest is honey oak coloured with no damage and has recently been cleaned and refinished with wax.
Size: 42″ (w) x 15 3/4″ (d) x 20 1/2″ (h), 107 x 40 x 52 cm.
Excellent provenance, the second identical storage box i’ve had recently, part of a substantial collection of Sid’s furniture i have acquired from their original local owner, who was a personal friend of his, and who had all the items made to order between 1970 and 1980. They are only reluctantly being sold due to their emigration shortly.
Sid Pollard lived in Bagby, near Thirsk, and was one of Robert Thompson’s early apprentices. His solo work is almost always unmarked, preferring to let his craftsmanship speak for itself. After leaving Thompson’s he combined his solo work with the family building firm, Pollard Builders. His solo work dates from the 40’s through to his death in the early 80’s.
The equivalent 3’6″ size Mouseman blanket box now costs £1775 new to buy, so this represents tremendous value at: