One of our all-time favorites, this early bench smacks of the Jacobean style. It is either British or American but not so early as Jacobean, dating to the mid-Victorian years. The wood is folk painted with hunting scenes. It has stags, hounds and running huntsmen with guns, and there are also flowers and a lovely compass rose. The carving is vivacious and the entire bench is the most charismatic piece we've had in a long time.
Structurally in fine, strong condition. The paint is faded and worn. The top paint has flaking, as the pictures will tell you. We have not done a thing to this bench ~ no cleaning, no polishing ~ it is exactly as it was when we brought it home from the northern stretches of the Adirondack Mountains. A convenient, versatile size at 30" long, 14" deep and 16 1/2" high. And yes, we have sat on it. With confidence.