The Chough in heraldry represents a strategist in battle; watchful for friends. It formed part of the arms of Thomas Becket and enjoyed a long association with Cornish coats of arms.
James Thursby-Pelham belonged to that select band of pioneer collectors whose pieces were chosen to help illustrate The Dictionary of English Furniture, published in 1924. Fortunate enough to benefit from the wise counsel of R. W. Symonds, Thursby Pelham's Collection was written up in Country Life in four articles by Oliver Brackett in April 1923. His family's home in the 17th Century was Upton Cresset Hall in Shropshire, and then Cound Hall, also in Shropshire, which had been built for Edward Cresset in 1704. His love of mid-18th Century mahogany and early oak furniture was no doubt encouraged by these ancestral influences.