The Joint Stool as Hiding Place

It would be nigh-on impossible to find a house in the early modern* period that didn’t haveĀ  a “joynt stool,” “joyned table” or “joyned forme.” What’s a “joynt stool?” Randle Holme, in the fascinating (and massive) tome “Academy of Armory and Blazon” (1688), writes, “It is so called because all made and finished by...