While furniture will often be passed down from generation to generation, there are some pieces that have truly withstood the test of time. Let’s look at five examples of ancient furniture that still exist today.
1. A 400-Year-Old Bed
It is rumoured that a bed within the United Kingdom bed has accommodated 15 generations of sleepers. Not only has it retained its initial elegance, but experts believe that it was originally built in the latter half of the 16th century.
2. The Chair of St. Augustine
This is another example of a well-preserved piece of furniture. The Chair of St. Augustine dates as far back as the 13th century and while not currently in use, it is an excellent example of timeless craftsmanship.
3. Egyptian Table
As Egypt was located primarily within a desert environment, there was scant wood available to make furniture. This is why such pieces were reserved for royalty ans similarly powerful figures. Still, there are examples of tables which can be traced back to at least 2,000 BCE. These pieces are normally found within tombs that were not disturbed by grave robbers.
4. Turkish Treasures
In the city of Gordion (near present-day Ankara in Turkey), archaeologists discovered a veritable treasure trove of ancient furniture. Many of these tables and chairs are thought to date back for more than 2,700 years. One of the reasons why they were preserved is associated with the relatively dry climate and the fact that they remained buried for millennia without being disturbed. In fact, some of these pieces have been associated with the legendary King Midas.
5. The Door to Westminster Abbey
This famous door is thought to be slightly over 950 years old. What is even more impressive is that this wooden artefact is still in use today. This door has enjoyed a long and sometimes dark history. It was rumoured that strange fragments fastened to its front were actually flayed human skin. Science later proved that they were merely segments of cowhide.
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