For other examples which are of very similar form see David Knell, English Country Furniture, Woodbridge, 2000, pp. 347-350. These rare settles are proper pieces of working furniture and exhibit much wear from age and use. Their high backs mean that beside a fire they kept the warmth in and the drafts out. Sometimes they were made from 'found' timber as in the present lot which features a seat made from a single section of shaped elm.