A decorative marquetry of patterned inlays of brass or tortoiseshell, or (occasionally) other materials, used on chiefly French furniture from the 17th century. Also known as boulle.
A kind of sideboard, but smaller and fully enclosed at the front with doors.
Calico cloth printed with flowers and other devices in various colours.
A medical condition where body muscles contract and relax rapidly and repeatedly, resulting in an uncontrolled shaking. Often a convulsion is a symptom of an epileptic seizure. Convulsions may also be referred to as "fits" in some instances.
A two-player trick-taking game, similar to Whist. It was popular in the 19th century, but is now rarely played.
Fetid, musty, rank, disordered and offensive to the smell or sight, slovenly, dingy
Worn over the shoe and lower pant leg, and used primarily as personal protective equipment; similar garments used primarily for display are spats. Originally, gaiters were made of leather.
twilight, dusk: from old English
A kind of pale yellowish cloth, originally made at Nanking from a yellow variety of cotton, but subsequently manufactured from ordinary cotton which is then dyed.
Showy but worthless finery; bric-a-brac
A winding sheet is used to prepare a corpse for burial.