Bronze Measure with links to Notorious Judge Jeffreys
at Oak Interior Sale

A rare bronze bushel measure bearing the arms of Lord Jeffreys – one of the most notorious judges in English history - features in Bonhams Oak Interiors Sale in London on Tuesday 2 April. It is estimated at £15,000-20,000.

Jeffreys is better known simply as Judge Jeffreys, and earned a reputation for cruelty and vindictive judgements during the Bloody Assizes – a series of trials in 1685 that followed the crushing of the Monmouth Rebellion, a failed attempt to overthrow the Catholic King James II in favour of the Protestant Duke of Monmouth. More than 200 rebels were executed and another thousand were transported to the West Indies. Jeffreys was raised to the peerage when he became Lord Chancellor in September 1685, and the bushel measure seems to have been made in the same year.

Other highlights of the sale include:

- An extraordinarily rare set of six early George III ash high comb-back Windsor armchairs, West Country, circa 1760. Although the chairs vary slightly in size they were almost certainly made in the same workshop, and very possibly by one chair-maker or wheel-wright, as their individual construction does not vary. The fact the chairs have remained together for over two hundred and fifty years is remarkable. Estimate: £20,000-30,000.

- A rare Henry VIII joined oak wall or fixed settle, North Devon, circa 1520. Formerly in the Michael Dunn collection, the settle is reputedly from the Old Manor House, Brightleigh, North Devon. Estimate £15,000-20,000.

- An impressive George I figured elm, ash and walnut chest-on-chest, circa 1715. Estimate: £12,000-18,000.

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