Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Arts & Crafts Oak Refectory Table.

Another new arrival today this splendid solid oak arts & crafts style refectory table with distinctive tapered legs. c.1910.
Dimensions: 96" x 26"

New Items

Just arrived this morning, this good collection of small late Victorian and Edwardian pieces. Pictured here are a fine late Victorian walnut envelope card table, a mid Victorian rosewood Sutherland table (just six and half inches wide when down), an Edwardian inlaid mahogany sheet music cabinet with drop down drawer fronts and a pair of Edwardian mahogany tub chairs.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Edwardian Mahogany Extending Dining Table.

New today this Edwardian mahogany extending dining table with two removable leaves. It comfortably seats 8 when fully extended and features a good square leg on original casters and an attractive carved edge to the table top. Awaiting restoration, I shall post again when it comes out of the workshop.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Our New Display.

Many many thanks to John and Rita for their hardwork and perfectionism wallpapering the partition this morning. It has transformed a difficult area in the shop into our new 'hot spot' with three very smart walls to display furniture against. Great job.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Another fine piece of walnut furniture for todays blog. This late 19th.c half moon fold over card table has that wonderful warmth and grain typical of burr walnut, enhanced here with an inlay design. The table has been newly French polished to do justice to the fantastic veneers.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Carved Walnut Settee.

Returned from our upholsterers this morning and looking rather wonderful in its new threads by Sanderson is this delightful carved walnut settee c.1890. Just four feet wide with a well shaped back, it would make a wonderful window seat.

Things That Go Bump In The Night.

It was a bit of a disastrous start to the week yesterday when we came to work and discovered a large mirror had come off the wall overnight causing quite a bit of damage. Oh well, these things happen and if they should happen to you don't panic. Collinge antiques offers a full restoration service, and with most antique furniture being made of good solid materials its rare that something can't be put back together. Whilst we are talking about accidental damage it seems like a good opportunity to mention insurance too - do you have an up to date valuation on your antique furniture? Again it is service we are happy to provide. Most objects can be valued via email with a good set of images. We can then provide a written valuation for you to produce should you have your own mysterious night time catastrophe. Right I'm off to hoover the floor again - it's remarkable how far shattered glass flies!

Friday, 14 August 2009

Large Sideboard by Liberty.

Much excitement here today when we were giving this large late 19th.c. carved oak sideboard a clean and discovered it was stamped Liberty & Co. Its not in the style one usually thinks of as Liberty but the quality of the carving and construction is typically excellent as is the exuberant brasswork, which is all original.

Burr Walnut Writing Table c.1880.

Restored, repolished and fitted with a new leather this elegant two drawer burr walnut writing table is ready for another generation of use. With ash drawer linings and original castors.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Victorian Double End Couch.

Excellent quality and attractively re-uphostered this mid 19th.c walnut double end couch c.1860 is also new in today. In excellent and very clean condition.

Monster Bookcase.

It took four men to move today's newest arrival, this huge seven door Edwardian mahogany breakfront bookcase, measuring a very impressive 128" long.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Billiards / Life Pool Scoreboard

Wonderful mahogany billiards and life pool scoreboard by the Liverpool manufactureres William Bayliff (1847-1926). In superb condition other than a crack to glass in the left hand panel.Life pool is the older English version of pool not be confused with the US version played on smaller tables. Both the score charts go up to 100.

Vintage Wardrobe Trunk

New in today a great object from the golden age of cruise line travel. A wonderful vintage steamer trunk finished in yellow canvas which opens to form a small wardrobe and chest of drawers. The luggage lables show it sailed to Southampton on the Angelina Louro (sister ship of the notorious Achille Largo) of the Italian Flotta Lauro line. Typical of the trunks producaed by the US company OahKosh in the 1930's & 40's. The metal hinges, corners and catches could do with a polish, otherwise it is in remarkable condition.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Pair Wing Back Arm Chairs.

Is the second week in August too soon to be thinking of cosy nights by the fire? Probably, but when that time comes I know I'd be happy to while away a long evening in either one of this superb pair of Edwardian wing back armchairs. Recently reupholstered and in excellent condition with feather seat cushions.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Late 19th.c. Extending Dining Table.

New for today, re polished and overhauled, this late 19th.c. walnut extending dining table with corkscrew mechanism and two additional leaves. Good reeded leg and original casters. Comfortably seats 8 people when fully extended.
Dimensions: length 82" (including two 14" leaves), width 48", height 29".

Thursday, 6 August 2009

19th.c. Quarryman's Powder Horn.

A fascinating object to kick start the blog again after a few days off and a reminder of one of North Wales' greatest industries. A 19th.c quarryman's powder horn used to carry and pour gunpowder into holes drilled into the slate. Gunpowder was used rather than gelignite as the weaker explosion merely cracked the slate beds rather that blowing the stone into tiny fragments. This is a remarkable artifact discovered locally, just a few miles from the great slate quarry sites of Snowdonia. It is made of a large cattle horn, some 12" long, filled at the wider end with timber held in place with an iron band and stoppered at the point with a wooden bung. The whole is hung on twine from iron fixings.