A long, narrow wooden form, used for sitting at table or as a verandah seat. Until the late 17th century, most people sat on benches, chairs being the preserve of the rich or the elderly, and they continued to be used in farmhouses and schoolrooms until comparatively recent times. Benches may be either simple timber slabs through which holes have been bored for the stick legs or take increasingly elaborate and professionally constructed shapes. The church pew, in fact, is only a highly developed type of bench with the addition of a back.
A walnut upholstered Empire style bench, circa 1930s, the slender rectangular bench with a relief carved ribbon motif raised on turned and tapering slender legs with rosette capitals and acanthus leaf embellishments, and United with an elegantly shaped 'H'
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