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Sid Pollard, Yorkshire Oak 3’6″ Blanket Box / Coffer

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Stock ref: DS1110

Circa 1980

A wonderful demonstration of craftsmanship and attention to detail inside and out. This blanket box / coffer 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 golden oak coloured with no damage or significant staining,just some very minor light rubbing through on the lid of the original
finish, as would be expected in normal use.

Size: 42″ (w) x 15 3/4″ (d) x 20 1/2″ (h),    107 x 40 x 52 cm.

Excellent provenance, 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 be known for being unknown. 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.


A second identical piece is available for sale, please contact me if you’d like to enquire further.



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