Our Royal Oaks Foundation membership passes granted us access to all of the National Trust locations. We decided to visit Lytes Cary Manor for several reasons. It was billed as a beautiful arts and crafts inspired garden with several collections of topiary, including the twelve Apostles. We were anxious to see that!
These leather mannequins are referred to as 'the good companions'. There use is unknown, but it is thought that they may have been brought to the table when there were 13 guests in attendance to avoid having an unlucky number at the table.
This display cabinet is Dutch walnut and contains an 18th century miniature Regency cream ware dinner service. It is thought to be a travelling salesman's sample.