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November 21, 2019

A Nasty Surprise Inside A Wardrobe

A wardrobe, also known as an armoire from the French, is a standing closet used for storing clothes. The earliest wardrobe was a chest, and it was not until some degree of luxury was attained in regal palaces and the castles of powerful nobles that separate accommodation was provided for the apparel of the great.

The name of wardrobe was then given to a room in which the wall-space was filled with cupboards and lockers, the drawer being a comparatively modern invention. From these cupboards and lockers the modern wardrobe, with its hanging spaces, sliding shelves and drawers, evolved slowly.

Etymological origins of the name can be traced to the Middle English rendering of the ancient French term, garderobe with the semantic import of a private store. Its more precise language origin is armoire for Francophone speakers. The 17th and 18th centuries marked the baroque period’s versatile exploitation of the wardrobe which helped it transmute to the modern type. In the Americas, oaken structures referred to as the tallboys were much in appeal though they later changed to the walnut types after the passage of oak as the hitherto preferred timber and partly due to the partial extinction in virgin forests of the latter wood. At first, the progress from the normal cabinet to the now fully-fledged structure was marked with bulky shelves and drawer-straddled wardrobes for a century or so before the now minimalist walled-in style became the functional norm.

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