We are very grateful to another generous supporter who has recently sponsored and arranged for a reproduction marquetry inner-roof (ceiling) panel to be made. These panels were a standard feature in Harrington-bodied coaches built in the 1940's and 50's, most vehicles being fitted with two panels - one on the sliding portion of the sun roof, and one on the fixed portion. However the body on 1828 was constructed to Southdown's own specification and features two sliding roof sections (one of which is electrically operated) with a single marquetry panel attached to the fixed portion between them. The original was removed many years ago and we are extremely lucky another is available to copy.
On this panel, the boldly-patterned background is veneered in Nigerian Figured Movingui (also known as Ayan), the geometrical motif is Rosewood, and the diamond-shaped centre panel is made from Birds Eye Maple, so named due to the small conical depressions in the outer annual rings which when sawn appear as dots like a bird's eye. The panel was delivered straight from the makers and has since been sealed and varnished. It has been placed in store until it can eventually be fitted in the vehicle.