Friday, 18 February 2011

Mystery Item.

This we be the last post for a week as the blog is off to the Lake District for half term with the bloglettes. Get ready for launch of our new website upon my return. In the meantime you can ponder on the uses of this mystery item.

Edwardian Mahogany Bookcase c.1900.

More images here of the Edwardian mahogany sliding door bookcase first featured on Tuesday. Fresh out of the workshop this afternoon it is restored and repolished and looking great
Dimensions: width 55", depth 19", height 91".

Thursday, 17 February 2011

New Stock - Collectibles.

A couple of pieces of new stock here which have both turned out to be more interesting and (hopefully) collectible than first thought. You can follow both on ebay here.
First up is a delightful mid 19th.c. Pratt ware paste jar with wonderfully detailed polychrome printed scene of the British fleet at anchor.

Despite the poor condition, with various chips, cracks and bumps, most noticeable around the neck it seems this is a rare and sought after pot. The design is largely unaffected bar extensive crazing. Not sure of the manufacturer. There is a small impressed mark to the base.
Dimensions: height 8cm, diameter at base 7.5cm, diameter at mouth 6cm.

Next is an attractive and good sized King's pattern salt spoon which when it came in black with tarnish was largely ignored by us all. After it was given a good clean we realised that the marks on the reverse were in fact Irish hallmarks (hence the lack of a lion mark) dating the piece to the Dublin assay office in 1804 . Of potentially even further interest is the unusual crown and thistle crest on the handle.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Stars & Stripes Sea Chest.

I would love to know the history of this item, a new arrival here this afternoon. A good 19th.c. hardwood seaman's chest. Whilst it has lost it's original hinges and locks and the outside has probably been stripped, inside the lid it retains a great painted detail combining the British red ensign with the US stars and stripes. An evocative detail perhaps recording the origins of its original owner.
Dimensions: width 40", depth18", height17".

Oak Side Table.

Another of today's new arrivals. This is a nice example of an early 19th.c. single drawer side table or 'lowboy'. With a pierced and shaped frieze below the drawer, shaped sides, carved brackets below the top, oak drawer linings and original brass handles. Good colour and condition having been previously restored.
Dimensions: width 34", depth 20", height 30".

The Big Cheese!

Sorry, I just couldn't resist that. This splendid mid 19th.c. majolica stilton dish and cover stands an impressive 11" tall with a diameter of 12". Modelled as a coopered barrell and decorated with primroses with a stem for the handle. Unmarked but almost certainly by the noted British majolica manufacturer George Jones.

Early 19th.c. Mahogany Side Table.

Newly restored and French polished in our workshops, this useful early 19th.c. mahogany side table c.1820 is new on the shop floor this afternoon. With a bow front, turned legs and a single oak lined drawer.
Dimensions: width 36", depth 20", height 31".

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Arts and Crafts Hall Robe.

An exciting new arrival here this afternoon in the unconventional shape of this Arts and Crafts oak hall robe c.1910. Loads of nice details here including the tapered shape, the flared cornice, glazed cupboard door and original hinges. Very much in the style of Liberty & Co, we have not yet been able to establish the maker. In need of a little TLC, I shall post again when it is on the floor.
Dimensions: width 47", depth 18", height 74".

Large Edwardian Lawyer's Bookcase.

A glimpse here of a new arrival before it goes into the workshop for a polish. An unusual Edwardian mahogany 'lawyer's' office bookcase. Loads of space for books of various sizes and four glazed sliding doors - a practical innovation for potentially cramped office space. Good quality and condition.
Dimensions: width 55", depth 19", height 91".

Friday, 11 February 2011

Large Early Victorian Mahogany Half Tester Bed.

Last of this week's new stock is a highlight. We are waiting for drapes but I couldn't wait to show you this majestic 5' x 6'6" mid 19th.c. mahogany half tester double bed c.1850. With extravagant carved and shaped foot board, quality veneers, good colour and freshly upholstered head board.

Small Early 19th.c. Longcase Clock.

One of the highlights of the week was this early 19th.c. longcase clock with an 8 day movement by Walker of Nantwich. With a good oak and mahogany case standing just 85" tall, quite a bit shorter than most longcases. The attractive face features a working date wheel, quality painting and original hands. The case has been newly French polished and the works have been cleaned and overhauled and are guaranteed for 12 months.
Dimensions: height 85", depth 9", width 19".

Early 19th.c. Stick Stand.

An unusual arrival this week was this elegant early 19th.c. brass stick stand c.1840. With a heavy cast iron base for stability, the drip tray is a replacement, otherwise original throughout.
Dimensions: width 12", depth 7", height 25".

Victorian Mahogany Desk.

Good sized Victorian mahogany leather top writing desk c.1860. Attractive plain lines, original knobs, great condition having been recently restored.
Dimensions: width 48", depth 25", height 31".

New Stock.

I've been out of the shop most of this week so quite a bit of new stock to catch up on today. First up are these three useful little pieces. A very narrow oak Arts and Crafts style open bookcase, a Victorian burr walnut work box with original fitted interior and inlaid top, and a very unusual Georgian elm single drawer writing table. Prices to follow.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Edwardian Beregere Suite.

New for today this fine Edwardian three piece suite. Attractive mahogany frame featuring a good shaped leg and carved detail newly French polished in our workshop. The bergere or cane work is in excellent condition and the upholstery is clean.
Dimensions: sofa - width 60", depth 34", height 31". chairs - width 25", depth 32", height 31".

Small Queen Anne Style Burr Walnut Bureau.

Here is another fine piece of furniture of unusually small proportions. This delightful Queen Anne style burr walnut bureau is just 22" wide. An excellent quality faithful copy c.1920. With an attractively shaped front, good tassel feet, original brass handles, oak drawer linings and excellent quality veneers. Excellent condition having been restored and freshly french polished in our workshop. Keys supplied.
Dimensions: width 22", depth 16", height 37".