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A Welsh oak folding top table, the 19th century crossbanded veneered top, inscribed underneath ‘Ceubren yr Ellyll’, on a later turned folding base, 30.5in (77.5cm) h, 43.25in (110cm) w, 28.5in (72.4cm) d. The inscription to this table translates as; ‘Spirits Blasted Tree’. According to the legend, a large oak tree on the roadside near Nannau, in Merionethshire, hid the slayed body of Howel Sele, until it was blown down in a storm. Sir Robert Vaughan Bart, M.P. had the wood made into work tables, cabinets, drinking vessels etc. Hammer price £200 in 2006. Sold by woolleyandwallis.co.uk
A Victorian Figured Oak Breakfast Table, Welsh. The timber reputedly from an oak tree known as Derwen Ceubren yr Ellyll. Sold for £750 inc. premium.
Reputedly bequeathed by Sir Robert Williames Vaughan, Bart. (1803-1859) to Mrs Jones Dolawen, Rhyl and by descent to Thomas Eyton-Jones, (Mayor of Wrexham 1875-76).
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Accompanying text, which also includes the Provenance.
Print of the etching included with the Table. The same wood is used. See on Art page.
Early Bronze Age; tanged bronze spearhead, the triangular blade with flat central rib, short tang with single rivet hole, 1750 - 1450 B.C., 5.4375 in overall length. Formerly at Nannau and thence by descent.
Found in a cist (? with human remains) underlying an upright monolith at the centre of a round mount at Tyddyn-bach, Llanfachreth, Merionethshire in 1873.
National Museum of Wales, Guide Catalogue of the Bronze Age Collections, 1980, Fig 27, No. 336, taken from the electrotype copy of the spearhead in the National Collection.
Sold for £480 in 2008.
Courtesy of Robert Finan and Co. (Lot 142)
Early Bronze Age; copper halberd, the heavy asymetrical blade with rounded point, bevelled edges and curved central rib, the butt containing five rivets with notch either side, the evidence of hafting still distinct.
Inscribed, "Found at Dolfrwynog (Llanfachreth, Merionethshire) July 15 1826", 2250 - 1750 B.C., 11.75in overall length. Formerly at Nannau and thence by descent.
National Museum of Wales, Guide Catalogue of the Bronze Age Collections, 1980, Fig 29, No. 101, taken from the copy of the halberd in the National Collection.
Sold for £3,400 in 2002.
During the late Bronze Age, metalworkers mastered the art of making buckets and cauldrons from hammered sheets of bronze, fastened together with rivets. The Arthog Bucket is one of the earliest known in Britain. It was made in south-eastern Europe and brought to Wales, before being buried in marshy ground in the Mawddach Estuary, probably during a ritual ceremony to the Gods.
Image Courtesy of Gathering The Jewels
High chair which belonged to the Nanney family, 1669.
This late-seventeenth-century joined high chair is a good example of a piece of children’s furniture from that period. The back panel has been inscribed with the initials GN and the date 1669 - it was the chair of Gruffydd Nanney, the fourth of that name who was born shortly before 1669. He died unmarried and without issue in 1689, the same year that he was made High Sheriff of Merioneth.
Courtesy of The Museum of Welsh Life
Parliament armchair of the Nannau family, Merioneth, late 17th century
It is an oak joined armchair with decorative carving and bears the initials of Huw Nannau and his wife, Katrin Vaughan, who lived at Nannau from the late seventeenth century.
By the late eighteenth century the chair had passed into the hands of one of their descendants, Sir Robert Williames-Vaughan, second baronet of Nannau and MP for Merioneth. He was returned to Westminster thirteen times between 1792 and 1836 and the dates are recorded beneath his initials on the back-panel of the chair.
It is believed that during this period the chair was converted into a sedan-chair so that Sir Robert could be carried through the streets in celebration of his re-election.
Courtesy of The Museum of Welsh Life
Paintings on hessian of Old Nannau and Old Rhug, from sketches by Moses Griffiths in the National Library of Wales. Part of the tower can be seen in tho West Wall of the present building.
Courtesy of The National Library of Wales
Sold on eBay in September 2015 for £210.
A rare Georgian Whiskey tumbler commemorating the coming of age of Robert Williames Vaughan, 3rd Bart. (1803-1859) on June 25th, 1824.
3 1/8 inches high, 2 7/8 in diameter.
This is one of the glasses from a set. two were sold in 2008 (Lot 53).
A Regency mahogany four post bed, with obelisk posts and hangings (94 x 67 x 82 inches).
Sold by Auction on September 16th 2015 (Estimate £500-£1000) by cheffins.co.uk. Originally auctioned by Sotheby’s, during the sale of the contents of Nannau on June 14th-16th, 1965 (Lot 440).
Nineteenth Century Georgian dog collar, engraved “Sir R.W. Vaughan, Rhug…”. Listed on eBay in October 2016 with a ‘buy it now’ price of £399.99. See details.