Thursday, 30 April 2009

Small Georgian Oak Dresser c.1800.

Cleaned and polished and looking great on the shop floor today is this superb little late Georgian oak Welsh dresser, produced in North Wales, probably Merionethshire, c.1800. Two large drawers and a smaller central knife drawer over two cupboard doors. The base features oak sides and original oak floor with an unusual shaped shelf in the base made of a single elm board. Well proportioned rack with oak sides and top and elm shelves. Original brass knobs and escutcheons. Key supplied. Dimensions: width 59" x depth 19" x height 83".

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Massive Gilded Headboard

This remarkable gilded headboard has just arrived at the warehouse. It measures an impressive 77" wide x 64" tall. Beautifully carved scalloped edge and unusual central detail. c.1920 It has been recently reupholstered.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Antique Stars & Stripes.

Part of a superb collection of vintage flags which arrived here at the shop this afternoon, this 45 star version of the stars and stripes measuring an impressive 48" x 72". This was in use from 1896 when Utah became the 45th state until 1908 when Oklahoma became the 46th.
Others pictured here include 2 British mechant navy red ensigns measuring 50" x 92" and a third at 48" x 84", the French tricolour 72" x 84" and a huge red cross flag measuring 104" x 135".

Pair of Mahogany Display Bookcases

Newly arrived here at the warehouse this morning; this quality pair of Edwardian mahogany glazed cabinet bookcases. Pairs are always at a premium when it comes to furniture as people love the symmetry it affords when laying out rooms. These pieces are small, just 25" wide, again a bonus as they are so easy to accomodate. In need of little restoration I shall post again when they are finished.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Edwardian Oak & Leather Bergere Armchairs.

The colour and finish of leather, like most natural products, gets better with age and careful use. The backs and arms of this pair of Edwardian oak framed, bergere sided armchairs have mellowed and deepened in colour and acquired a fabulous rich patina over almost 100 years. Antique leather is highly sought after and these are two of the nicest examples we have had for some time.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Percy Lancaster Poster Designs

Purchased locally this morning these two splendid original gouache or watercolour poster designs by the celebrated landscape artist Percy Lancaster (1878-1951). In the wonderful graphic style of the travel poster designs of the 1930's, this is a departure from the artists unsual style. Titled The Anglesey Coast and Wild Wales and measuring 15" x 11", each is clearly signed in the lower left hand corner.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Georgian Night Table & Bed Step c.1790.

A superb piece of Georgian bedroom furniture. A late 18th.c. mahogany night table with tray top, cupboard and concealed bedstep. With prodigiously shaped frieze on both sides and front. Beds of the period were rather higher off the floor, apparently necessitating the use of bedsteps which come in a variety of styles and designs.
An unusual piece in fine condition having been repolished in our workshop.

Victorian Cast Iron Hall Stand

Purchased locally over the weekend this wonderful piece of Victorian cast iron work. An imposing, 79" tall , cast iron hall stand c.1870 decorated with birds and plants.
Some minor damage.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Edwardian Mahogany Wash Stand.

A couple of photographs of a quality Edwardian inlaid mahogany washstand complete with original marble top and tiled splashback. Now fully cleaned and replolished in our workshop, below is a image of a badly discoloured layer of varnish being removed from the tiles.

Georgian Oak Dresser Base c.1800.

New on the floor today this superb late Georgian oak dresser base. A good colour with a great shaped apon, elegant legs, two plank solid oak top, mahogany crossbanding and elm and oak drawer linings.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Edwardian Satinwood Wardrobes

Fresh on the floor this morning these two stunning Edwardian wardrobes. Fantastic pale satinwood veneers on mahogany. Each has hanging space and a fitted bank of drawers.
The larger, three door wardrobe is 77" wide x 23" deep x 82" tall. £1595.
The smaller wardrobe is 51" wide x 22" deep x 60" tal. £895.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Large Mahogany Chiffonier Sideboard c.1870.

Restored and repolished in our workshops this very useful, large mid Victorian mahogany chiffonier. With a single drawer over a two door cupboard base. Plain lines and excellent veneers to the door panels.
Dimensions: width 56" x depth 21" x height 38".

Early 19th.c. Oak Bureau

As we emerge, chocolate smeared, from a sleepy Easter break new stock is arriving again here at the shop. Amongst our recent acquisitions is this charming little oak bureau probably dating from the early years of the 19th.c. Behind the plain fall is a lovely interior with shaped dividers and pigion holes. In need of some restoration.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Georgian Mahogany Corner Wash Stand.

Elegant Georgian mahogany corner wash stand c.1800 which, unusually, retains its original splashback. With a single oak lined drawer in the base. The large hole in the top would have held a bowl while the two smaller ones would be for soap. These are popular now as plant stands.

Friday, 10 April 2009

Early 20th.c. Bergere Suite.

Restored, repolished and reupholstered and now out on the shop floor looking great, this early 20th.c mahogany and bergere 3 piece suite c.1920.

Monday, 6 April 2009

The Dead Man's Penny

It's always interesting to have items of militaria in stock and pieces related to The Great War are especially poignant. This is a WWI victory medal group presented to the relatives of Private William Skillings of the 1st battalion of the 5th Norfolk regiment who died in Palestine on 5th September , 1917. The medals were received by all service men and women who served in the war. The large bronze plaque in the centre was given to the families of the deceased in recognition of their sacrifice. Individually struck with the name of the dead (minus rank to represent equality in death) they were known as the dead man's penny.

Oak Refectory Table.

Another new arrival here at the shop this afternoon, this excellent quality solid oak drawer leaf refectory table. Fully extended it measures an impressive 8' x 3'3" and would comfortably seat 10.

Long Edwardian Serving Side Table

New for today, this very unusual Edwardian Adams style marble top serving sideboard. Almost 7 feet long, three drawers, with a serpentine profile to the front edge and a velvet covered base!

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Ebonsied Victorian Pier Cabinet.

Love the style and elegance of this mid Victorian ebonised pier cabinet. With burr walnut inlay and brass beading. In excellent unrestored condition (a few very minor chips and bumps) with original velvet lining.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Puginesque Gothic Revival Table.

An unusual arrival here at the shop this afternoon. An imposing Victorian gothic centre table which extends to form a long dining table. In mahogany, c.1860, with superb carved base very much in the style of the great gothic revivalist Augustus Pugin. In need of some restoration I shall post again when completed.

You hum it and I'll play it.

Much tinkling of the ivories here in the shop this morning as Geoff Poole tunes the Franz Liehr piano we collected on Tuesday morning. Further research on the serial number would suggest it dates from 1907-8. Having been neglected for some time it had a definate 'honky tonk' sound which is filling out nicely now. An experienced craftsman for over 30 years you can contact Geoff for piano tuning throughout the North West at or on 07901538368.
The piano now sounds wonderful and is priced £1395.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Antique Coffee Tables

The low coffee table is a 20th. century invention and as such you don't get genuine antique ones. What we do see however are antique pieces which have been cut down to coffee table height, and here is a particularly nice example. A late victorian inlaid rosewood centre table reduced in height to just 13". Repolished in our workshop. Superb grain and inlays.