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An antique settle is a classic piece of English furniture which was predominantly made using oak, however, other local wood varieties were also often used. They are wooden benches with open arms and high backs which date back to the early 17th century. Back then, the construction was fairly simple but over time it evolved quite a bit. The look and feel of antique settles changed a lot depending on the place in which they were created.
Settles are full of character and were a common feature in pubs, taverns or even working farmhouses. While some featured a lift up seat with internal storage, there were others that were rustic and simple, while there were also those that were quite ornate.
If you want to see the variations, we have a good mix in our collection:
Options such as this 19th century Swedish empire settle bench. A beautiful piece with just the right amount of decorative detailing and a subtly charming colour tone that will make it an easy fit in a modern decor theme.
Or there are Austrian examples that are quite different in style. Have a look at this Original painted Austrian settle. A simple one with subtle decorative detail for spaces that call for something rustic and charming yet not so imposing.
A Country House Settle such as this wonderful 17th century carved and naturally pale option has a lovely warm finish and great presence with its raised back.
Then here is a look at an amazingly rustic 19th century country painted settle which may be perfect for a farmhouse.
And if you are looking for something absolutely ornate and stunning, we have this 18th century Italian carved pine settle with mermaid and scallop shells.
There is a fantastic level of variety when it comes to settles, with each piece offering a unique look, feel and appeal. There are plenty of more options like these, each very different from the other. Browse through our Antique Seating page to have a look.