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Did you know a cheval derives its name from old French for horse?

Mill House Antiques Cheval

Did you know that a cheval derives its name from old French for horse? Known as horse dressing glasses, these large, free-standing mirrors did not come into existence until the early 1800s when producing large sheets of glass became possible.

The reason for this association with the horse is that these mirrors were held by large frames or horses and not because of their “use by sartorially conscious cavalry officers”. No doubt this handsome cheval was the possession of a well-heeled gentleman, or even an officer. Made of the finest burl walnut and detailed with ebonized accents, a cheval of this quality is a rare find today and only at Mill House Antiques.  More than an ordinary experience.

Did You Know?

Did you know?

Did you know that a tramp freighter was so named for its itinerant travels and not the promiscuous nature of its sailors? Without a set itinerary, the tramper would sail between ports usually with a single cargo. While quite numerous from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s, tramp freighters became obsolete as larger cargo vessels were required following WWII.

After reading the ship’s log, one could easily conclude that the S.S. Alyestone was indeed a tramp freighter, or perhaps the original love boat. The ship’s log provides a long list of doctor visits by various seamen for, shall we say, “personal reasons.” Not only can you discover this wonderful ship builder’s model at Mill House Antiques, but you can also find excerpts from the ship’s log. More than an ordinary experience.

Mill House Antiques Ship


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Did You Know?

Did you know that a seaman’s chest not only spoke about his skill as a sailor but his life as well?

When a seaman set sail for distant lands aboard cramped vessels, he would stuff all his belongings in a small wooden chest.  Such chests would represent the entirety of a sailor’s worldly life including sentiments of family and home.  Sometimes a sailor would decorate the inside with a painting of home or his vessel, but always a sailor would display his seamanship in the rope handles he would tie on the ends of the chests.  Fore, no sailor was worth his weight in ballast if he could not tie a proper knot!

Take this fine example of a 19th century Welsh seaman’s chest with its finely tied rope handles and canted sides.  Such wonderful examples can only be found at Mill House Antiques.  www.millhouseantiquesandgardens.com.

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