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Our jargon-busting Dictionary helps you to understand specialist antiques and collectables terms. Also included are the histories of factories, designers, and style movements across the centuries.

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Pad foot Pad foot

In furniture, a rounded foot on a circular base. From the early 18th century onward, this was the preferred foot to use in conjunction with the cabriole leg.

Paddington Bear Paddington Bear

A children’s teddy bear character, created by Michael Bond in 1956. Paddington Bear first featured in the book “A Bear Called Paddington”, illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. In 1972, Shirley Clarkson of Gabrielle Designs made the ...

Padouk Padouk

A hard, heavy and well-marked red wood of the genus Pterocarpus, which varies in colour from golden brown to deep red or crimson. Although it originated in the Dutch and Portuguese East Indies, padouk was used extensively by French ...

Millers Pages, Francis

British silversmith. Maker of standard domestic wares. Apprenticed to David Williams in 1718. Registered marks in 1729 and 1739. Liveried 1737.

Pagoda top Pagoda top

In furniture, a decorative motif representing a Chinese pagoda. This design form featured widely in Chinoiserie ornament. The pagoda roof was adopted by furniture-makers in 18th-century England and France to create an oriental effect ...

Pair-cased watch Pair-cased watch

The term used to describe watches which have an outer protective case. The outer case was usually made of the same material as the inner case. Some are covered with shagreen or tortoiseshell.