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A small but rich collection of pieces of furniture, including clocks. These were used for practical and decorative purposes mainly in the Bank's Parlours - the area in which the Bank's senior officials have their offices and in which policy is decided. The earliest piece of furniture known to have been in use in the Bank is the Great Iron Chest, which is displayed in the museum.

Terrestrial Globe Porters chair Iron chest
Terrestrial Globe by J & W Cary, London.
Stand c.1790, globe dated 1806.​
Porter's Chair, 1827, upholstered in black leather. ​ The Great Iron Chest, the oldest recorded piece of furniture in the Bank. Detail of the engraved design of this chest was used on the Series E £50 note issued in 1994.​

The architect, Sir John Soane (1753-1837) designed furniture for the Bank including a set of chairs for the Governor's room. Much of what is now regarded as antique furniture was purchased new.