Apprentice Pieces

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Apprentice Pieces
Technically known as ´prentices´pieces, these models of furniture, usually 8 inches to 10 inches long, are supposed to have been made by cabinetmakers as ´masterpieces´ to show their skills on completion of their apprenticeships. This may be true of some miniature pieces, but other examples served as travellers samples and shop window advertisements. Almost all small furniture is likely to have been intended for children and their dolls. In recent years at least one London firm of dealers in antique reproduction furniture has encouraged its craftsmen to make similar items.