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Man buys second-hand wardrobe at antique fair and is stunned to discover its previous owner
It was only when the owner took a closer look at it when he got home that he discovered its incredible secret.
A homeowner who bought a second-hand wardrobe was stunned when he got it home to find a stamp inside showing it once belonged to Buckingham Palace .
The marking, carved into the wood, states ‘VR BP No.79 1866’ – which stands for Victoria Regina, Buckingham Palace, used in Room 79 and dated to the year 1866.
The sturdy piece of furniture would have been used by Queen Victoria , King George V and King Edward VII.
The mahogany wardrobe, that is actually a linen press, is believed to have left Buckingham Palace in the 1930s during an overhaul.
The owner has used it for several years at his home in Sherborne, Dorset, but has now put it up for sale at auction where it has been given an estimate of £3,500.
The Victorian linen press, used in bedrooms to store sheets and clothing, was made by Holland and Sons, a high-quality furniture manufacturer which received a Royal Warrant of Appointment by Queen Victoria.
The company also worked at other Royal residences including Osborne House, Sandringham House, Balmoral and Windsor Castle.
The current owner bought it at an antique sale several years ago but had no idea of its regal history until he took a closer look when he got back.
Richard Bromell, from Sherborne auctioneers Charterhouse, said: “Rarely do you come across furniture or chattels from any Royal residence on the open market. Sadly we have no history as to how this linen press came to be removed from its bedroom, but we suspect it was when the room was redecorated some time in the early to mid-20th century. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of furniture that resided in Buckingham Palace during the reign of at least two monarchs.”
Linen presses were chiefly made in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and traditionally used to store sheets, table cloths, clothing and other textiles. They were designed to occupy prominent places in bedrooms as storage. This item, which is 82 inches tall and 52 inches wide, has panel doors with sliding trays and a normal chest of drawers beneath it.
source: Mirror (October, 2017)
to take a closer look at – közelebbről megnézni valamit
to discover – felfedezni
homeowner – lakástulajdonos
to be stunned – megdöbbenve lenni
to belong to – tartozik valakihez/valamihez
marking – jelzés, jelölés
to carve into – belevésve lenni
sturdy – masszív, szilárd
mahogany – mahagóni
linen press – ágyneműs szekrény
overhaul – tatarozás, renoválás
to put something up for sale – valamit eladásra kínálni
estimate – becsült
regal – királyi
to come across – valamivel találkozni (véletlenül)
to suspect – gyanakodni
to aquire – megvásárolni
to reside – tartózkodni
reign – uralkodás
chiefly – különösen, különösképpen
sheet – lepedő
table cloth – asztalterítő
to occupy – elfoglalni
storage – tárolóhely, raktár
sliding – toló (ajtó), csúsztatós (ajtó, fiók)
chest of drawers – komód