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A 1920s / 1930s Mahogany 3 section stacking bookcase with separate top and base and 6 glazed doors. The deeper base section is sized for reference books while the top two have an adjustable shelf. Good condition throughout and original fittings. H 1800mm x W 880mm x D 280mm/230mm

Price £495.00    €562.57    $661.47

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Early 20th century Mahogany Stacking Bookcase
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    €664.85    $781.74

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Great Wizard of the North - presentation 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    €823.96    $968.82

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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    €511.43    $601.34

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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    €255.71    $300.67

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Embroidered Floral Panel Mid C19th Wools & Silk
A 17th or early 18th century Oak 6-plank Chest with 5 faux octagonal panels to the front, curiously not all of the same dimensions giving a lovely, quirky country look. The front and sides of the chest still have a covering of ancient "ox-blood" colour with a good texture to the finish. The interior is divided into 4 with more substantial oak boards, giving the chest a very heavy construction throughout its considerable size. The floor has been damaged by water or damp over the years but is still serviceable. A few new pieces of oak have been used to both strengthen the lid and lift it slightly from the floor. There is an old lock but no key or hasp. Dimensions :- 1700mm x 480mm x 480mm 67" x 19" x 19"

Price £675.00    €767.14    $902.00

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Early Oak 6-plank Chest with faux octagonal panels
A surveyor's level in lacquered and anodised brass by Stanley in original fitted mahogany case with lock and key. Instrument measures 10 inches by 6 inches - we have left this with its original anodised finish but it could of course be polished in order to make a more glitzy display - £100

Price £100    €113.65    $133.63

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Brass Surveying instrument - Stanley level
A rare pair of seventeenth century oak high back stools , most probably French in origin .

Price £335.00    €380.73    $447.66

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High back stools
A large signed print of Amsterdam entitled 'Rainy day in the square' by F.J.Luigini in birds eye maple frame. Signed in pencil by the artist and carries the 'Cercle Librairie Estampes' blind stamp (signifying a print made in the 1930s by this artisans union). Image measures 47cm by 57cm - total complete with frame 78cm by 84cm. Artist: Luigini, Ferdinand-Jean (Orliepas (Rhone), 1870 - Paris, 1943) The name of Luigini has a firm grasp on French artistic life. Ferdinand's father, Alexandre Luigini (1850-1906), was a leading composer of ballets and operas. His sister was a concert harpist and his nephew, Jean Tardieu (1903-1995) became a major poet. Ferdinand-Jean Luigini studied art in Paris under Emile Verhaeren. He began exhibiting his landscapes and architectural renderings in Paris in 1892 with the Salon des Artistes Francais. Within several years his art was regularly shown in London, Brussels, Amsterdam and New York.

Price £140    €159.11    $187.08

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F.J.Luigini signed print Amsterdam 1930s
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    €1079.68    $1269.49

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Exotic Edwardian Black Velvet Opera Cape
We can sadly impart no pearls of wisdom regarding this fantastically quirky set of scales other than to tell you that they are French and were used for weighing cheeses. How old?.......who knows but their looks and construction the early years of the last century at least. Constructed of, mainly, pine with steel and iron fittings the base does have a few of those large typically French woodworm holes but nothing to worry about as they have been soused with the correct fluid. Fully functional - providing you have a set of weights as they come with just a few imperial ones - or an eccentrically decorative conversation piece. Sizewise they work out at about 24 inches high, by 20 inches wide and 41 inches long in case that is an issue.

Price £220    €250.03    $293.99

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Artisan Provincial French Cheese Weighing Scales
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    €1318.34    $1550.11

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19th century French Cherry Wood dining table 6ft