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We couldn't resist this much travelled chair with its connection to the uncrowned king of magic and wizardry during the 19th century John Henry Anderson - or the Great Wizard of the North! Walnut framed arm chair of, we would say, either a French or American maker carrying an engraved plaque to the rear bearing the legend ' Presented to Mrs John Smith by John Henry Anderson (The great Wizard of the North) as a token of his gratitude for the many acts of kindness done to him by her beloved Husband. Boston. Massachusetts. United States of America. 29th September 1852'. The Wizard was indeed touring the United States at this time and it is intriguing to ponder upon what services Mr Smith could have performed that resulted in such a gift - hopefully not an unsuccessful rendition of anderson's gun trick! Whilst the upholstery is not the original it has some age and is very usable, with good springing, webbing and padding, despite showing very slight signs of having been caressed by a cat's claws at the back. The Boston date of 1852 There is much to be found about the Great Wizard of the North, as he was apparently dubbed by Walter Scott, on the 'web' but this is how Britannica sums him up - John Henry Anderson, (born July 14, 1814, Craigmyle, Aberdeen, Scot.—died Feb. 5, 1874, Darlington, Durham, Eng.), Scottish conjurer and actor, the first magician to demonstrate and exploit the value of advertising. Described on playbills as “Professor Anderson, the Wizard of the North,” he first performed in 1831. Seasons at Edinburgh (1837) and Glasgow (1838–39) followed. In London (1840) he made use of the most elaborate collection of magical apparatus ever seen there. During a U.S. tour (1851–53) Anderson first did his famous “gun trick,” by which he appeared to catch a bullet fired by someone in the audience. On his return to Great Britain he performed before Queen Victoria and then took the title role in the melodrama Rob Roy at the Lyceum and Covent Garden theatres (1855–56). The three-day “Grand Carnival” with which the Covent Garden seasons were concluded ended in disaster in 1857 when Anderson tried to dispel drunken revelers by lowering the gaslights. The ceiling caught fire, and the theatre was burned down. This only added to his fame, and he continued to tour widely, his style of presentation gradually becoming less flamboyant.

Price £585    €655.90    $733.53

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Great Wizard of the North - John Anderson chair
Book press by Waterlow Bros & Layton of London, circa 1880, on its original drop leaf stand with two drawers. Used in the same workshop for many many years, and alongside the die stamp press we are also offering, this press is ready to continue work or equally ready for a life of retirement as a piece of wonderfully evocative decor. Exhibiting the patina of over 125 years use the press itself retains the majority of its black japan and parcel gilt finish: and its brass work and finial, which we have left unpolished, are crisp and unscarred or bruised. The walnut and fruitwood base has the original and distressed cup handles to its drawers (the upper with Bramah type lock but no key), and its side flaps are fully functional with hinged wing supports under - original finish and timber itself also has blemishes, knocks etc consistent with years of use. Although there are signs of historic woodworm (re-treated for surety by us) and there are a pair of ancient iron braces, front to rear, at the base of its legs, the stand is extremely robust and holds itself and the weighty press absolutely firmly. The press itself is demountable but the whole is 47 inches high. The stand alone measures 29 inches high by 16 inches deep and 25 inches wide - or - 45 inches wides with its flaps up. For a more complete history of Waterlows we commend you to search the internet but briefly - Waterlow and Sons Limited was a major worldwide engraver of currency, postage stamps, stocks and bond certificates based in London, Watford and Dunstable in England. The company was founded as a family business in 1810

Price £725    €812.87    $909.08

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Victorian book press on wooden stand by Waterlow
Beautiful and well preserved Canton Shawl, black silk back ground embroidered with exotic birds and flowers. Size 54" x54" plus 24" crocheted edge with long silk tassels. There are no holes or tears and the colours are bright and clear with no fading. This came from a home near a large sea port so was probably brought home from Manilla where it was made by Cantonese workers, sewing both sides on a frame with the needle being passed through from one embroiderer to another. The shawls were made for both the English and Spanish market. Sold in Liberty's of London they graced many a society piano, where as in Spain they were worn by ladies, some times sitting sidesaddle behind their men, on horseback. The longer tasseled edges were made so that there was more "swing" when worn. To be worn the shawl is folded triangularly. There is a lovely weight to this shawl which just oozes quality. A fabulous item for collecting, wearing or decorating.

Price £450.00    €504.54    $564.26

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Embroidered Silk Canton Shawl Exotic Birds Flowers
Framed and glazed panel of Swedish embroidery, size 52" x 23" including frame which is 1" wide. This beautifully subtle embroidery is worked in soft wools and silks, each, flower, leaf, bud, petal or stem is shaded and verrigated with enormous delicacy. Some of the flowers and buds are raised work (padded) and the fine tendrils are worked in chain stitch and back stitch. The majority of the work is long stitch.The pattern of the panel is reminiscent of The Tree of Life, Swedish embroiderers were inspired in the mid 19th by William Morris and started to produce work based on traditional patterns. This panel has been embroidered by a lady named on the back as Johanna Karolina Nennes F Sellman born 1828 and died 1909, this means that it could be any thing from 160 to 120 years old. At this moment the positioning of the hanging strings mean that it hangs vertically but personally I would prefer to see it hung horizontally. It would be very attractive placed above a bed head, for instance. Left in original frame to preserve authenticity of labeling and so purchaser can choose if change is required.

Price £225.00    €252.27    $282.13

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Embroidered Floral Panel Mid C19th Wools & Silk
This is a unique and totally original Edwardian era Opera Cape.The main body is devore velvet, the cut out pattern having a silvery, sparkly effect which depicts exotic Eastern classical patterns of peacock feathers and boteh of varying sizes. The devore square measures 38" x 30" deep, the full square with silk velvet edging measures 50" x 36" deep. The bias cut "hem" is 17" deep. The inside is lined with silky black velvet with a 2 1/4" insert on three sides of gold lame. Self covered buttons fit into velvet loops to form the "sleeves" to the cape. From each arm hangs a heavy gold tassel each measuring 13" in total length. This is the most simplistic of designs but makes up into such an exquisitely elegant item of vintage clothing. The condition is extremely good, no signs of wear at the collar or edges. The cape is of French origin.

Price £950.00    €1065.14    $1191.21

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Exotic Edwardian Black Velvet Opera Cape
A good 19th century French cherry wood table with 3 plank top, tapered legs and single side drawer. Measures just an inch under six foot long at 71 inches by 31 inches across and 30 inches high - legroom should be fine with most chairs as it is 24 inches. A good many of similar tables have had their legs 'tipped' to gain extra height or to get rid of rot at their lower extremities - this table, as you can see has not needed this work and the legs, although showing signs of historic woodworm to the surface in places, are original, sound and sturdy. The drawer is compartmented as they sometimes are and there is a small section of the lower edge missing (as will be seen in the photos). Will seat six very comfortably or eight with a bit of a squeeze. We have pictured this table with a set of circa 1800 English camel back elm chairs which we also have in stock as we think they look rather good together - the chairs are available separately for £620 or if someone would like both table and chairs £1650 for the entire ensemble.

Price £1160    €1300.59    $1454.52

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19th century French Cherry Wood dining table 6ft
A well executed, but unsigned, 19th century oil painting on board of the upper reaches of the River Dart in South Dartmoor, Devon. Overall in good condition with just a little paint loss to extreme lower right but absolutely no flaking. Original gilt frame with some small losses and somewhat scruffy faded grey/blue paper to rear. Measures 54cm by 44 cm overall.

54cm by 44cm

Price £170    €190.60    $213.16

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Devon 'Above Holne on the Dart' Victorian oil
A diorama of two three masted sailing vessels on a choppy sea contained in a 12 inch high glass flagon having a turned wooden stopper inset with a Guernsey (Channel Isles) 8 doubles coin. This unusial piece of nautical folk art most probably dates from the 1930s so it is likely that the 1834 copper coin was used in centennial fashion - perhaps by a fisherman or sailor of St Peter Port - the likely maker of such a thing? We are not convinced that the wicker work adds to the general appearance but that is how it came to us and we shall leave it just so - thus giving the new owner the option to remove it or not.

Price £95    €106.51    $119.12

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Three masted sailing ships in a bottle 1930s
A superb Victorian Pine Hall Tree / Stand of a very impressive size and really bold sculptural form. The symmetrical 6-branches have the original 3 turned pegs each and its shallow depth makes it easy to accommodate. H 2440mm x W 1100mm x D300mm

Price £485.00    €543.78    $608.14

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Pine Hall Stand / Tree
An attractive and extremely useful mid 19th century tilt top wine or occasional table in mahogany. Standing 28 inches high its nicely figured 24 inch diameter top and robust base makes it rather more useful than similar table of more petite dimensions. The tilting facility is fully operational and retains its original snap catch thus allowing it to put to one side when not in use if desired.

Price £225    €252.27    $282.13

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Circular tilt top mahogany wine / occasional table
A circa 1800 Cornish Pine Dresser with a 4 drawer base and astragal glazing to the upper section. In common with virtually all pieces of furniture that have been in daily use for 200 odd years there have been repairs carried out but overall It is in very good condition with original cornice and quartered bobbin turned applied mouldings typical of West Cornwall. When acquired the drawers were fitted with modern handles so they have have been replaced with appropriate Savill's reproductions. The generously deep interior too has been re-painted in a more sympathetic hue but in all other respects, such as the wide back boards and single panel drawer bases, this handsome dresser is as it was made. Country furniture is always difficult to date with exactitude but it is safe to say that beautifully proportioned example dates from prior to 1820 as it has the elegance and colour that sets that period of pine apart from that of Victorian and later times. All items purchased from Cullompton Antiques are covered by the Distance Selling Regulations which give the buyers the right to cancel the purchase within 7 days after receipt of the item , for a full refund less RETURN transport costs . 1970mm H x 1370mm W x 490mm D

Price £1950    €2186.34    $2445.11

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Georgian pine dresser
A delightful set of Victorian postal or letter scales in brass on mahogany plinth, which itself is set on squat bun feet. The letter pan to the right is engraved with the letter rates dating the scale between 1871 and 1885 and there is a full compliment of brass weights that range from 1lb to 1/4oz.

Price £120    €134.54    $150.47


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Victorian brass postage scales and weights