The Antique Coal Purdonium was essentially to store coal next to your fire but as coal is not the most pleasant thing to look at in your dining room, the Victorians came up with the ingenious idea of creating unique pieces of small decorative furniture to store the coal in. The beautiful pieces of furniture were inlaid with floral designs, often with marble tops and small mirrors on the back to reflect more light into the room. They would have been made for wealthy individuals in stunning woods such as Mahogany, Walnut or even Rosewood. Although they dont have the same usefulness as they once did, as most people dont have coal fires anymore, quite often people use them for magazine storage or as a side table today. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.