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Parlour: A matching pair of Grecian sofas with mahogany veneer ca.1800 are
shown against the south wall. They have built in squabs at both head and foot
as well as loose squabs at either end. Their legs are short and deeply turned.
Sofas like this were commonly known as 'swooning sofas'. This name came from
their frequent use by ladies when their restrictive corsets led to dizziness
and shortness of breath. Draped over the sofa is a paisley shawl popular in the
time of Queen Victoria.
In the corner a mahogany grandfather clock is displayed. It was made in
Aberdeen, Scotland in the 1830's. The clock face maintains its original
hand-painted motif, while the case has some impressive inlay, carved columns
and brass trim.
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