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Costs of various pieces
of solid oak furniture 1938, England

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This old receipt for furniture is the most comprehensive of all the receipts and is the most suitable for estimating the rate of inflation for furniture between 1938 and the present day. It should be born in mind, though, that the furniture was solid wood rather than cheap wood with some sort of veneer. I was probably oak, stained dark brown.

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'Jaco' was short for reproduction Jacobean.

     Joco oak hall seat £2- 12- 6   
  3 piece suit in tapestry £15 -5- 0  
  Bookcase in oak £3- 3- 0  
  Fireside chairs, @ 2 gns £4- 4- 0  
  Fireside chair 12- 0  
  Jaco oak book table £1- 5- 0  
  Dining room suite £10- 10- 0  
  Jaco bedroom suite £15- 15- 0  
  4'6" bed £2- 12- 6  
  4'6" 106/53g with spiral comb £2- 8- 0  
  4'6" green platform £2- 2- 0  
  4'6" spring interior £3- 10- 6  
  4'6" wool overlay £1- 7- 0  
  Bentwood chair   6- 0  
  3'2" kitchen table £1- 0- 0  
  Kerb   14- 9  
     TOTAL  £67- 13- 9  

The costs are of course quoted in the old money. Gns was short for guineas where a guinea was £1-1-0. Guineas rather than pounds were used to imply particular quality.

The receipt is on professionally printed paper and the breakdown of costs is typed on a typewriter with a fairly new ribbon.



1938 receipt for furnishings showing the 1938 prices

Receipt for furniture and furnishings, 1938.