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A rather unusual bobbin turned, rush seated arm chair dating, probably, from the 1920s - or '30s in spite of the fact that it is of Arts & Crafts style and has the impression of being somewhat older it is likely of Continental origin. It is of oak, with a degree of ebonisation that has worn to a good patina, its joints are sound and it has a generous width: but to be frank it is more suitable for occasional sitting rather than an evening's relaxation in front of the fire with a good book.

Price £145    €163.59    $202.81

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Arts & Crafts style bobbin turned arm chair
An attractive 4 drawer chest from circa 1900 of simple design yet elegant proportions - its original ornate brass handles and escutcheons giving it a lift from the utilitarian that would allow it to be equally at home 'upstairs or downstairs'. Predominantly of pine it is solid wood throughout (note no plywood for the drawer bases as was beginning to be used on cheaper products by this period) and is solidly constructed with traditional dovetailing and joints. Its original locks are all in situ but, as in so often the case, the key has been mislaid at some point.....but who locks their drawers? Will it fit in your house? Well - it's 40 inches, 18 inches deep and 32 inches high.

Price £290    €327.18    $405.62

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 painted chest of drawers
A rather elegant early 19th century drop leaf pedestal table - the top of plum pudding mahogany with central backgammon board and a drawer at either end. Considering its age this attractive piece is in very sound and eminently usable condition but on account of a slight air of 'scruffiness' which would perhaps preclude it from some peoples' homes it can be yours for just £465. The 'scruffiness', or patina, includes wear to drawer runners (they still function as they should however), ring pulls on one drawer are non matching replacements (correct originals on other drawer illustrated), a c 2inch chip on one rule joint and the top is faded and somewhat marked. The latter comprising of two or three faintish drink glass rings, other small 'spills' and stains (from the exuberance of players?) and the lacquer of the backgammon board scratched (especially on buff ground) and marked. All that said this is an unusual games table, which, on account of its size would double for other uses and make a characterful addition to the antique household.

Price £465    €524.61    $650.40

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Regency drop leaf backgammon table
Splendid cheval mirror of timeless, simple and classical style that would be equally at home in a mansion furnished entirely with antiques or a modernist, minimalistic apartment. Of mahogany throughout its construction was well thought out and robust but without the ponderous appearance that chevals can have - now around a hundred years old it is as solid as the day it was made with its original brass adjustment finials operating just as they should, allowing the glass to be slanted as desired. Reflected imaging remains sharp but does have some light age discolouration - the latter, in our opinion, adding to its allure. Overall measurements are 162 cm high by 73 cm wide.

Price £875    €987.18    $1223.86

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Cheval mirror
Until recent times this little table would have been heading straight for the stripping tank once the formica covering to its top had been removed: but times have changed and very likely one or more amongst you would prefer to have it in its mid-century finish - a mix of worn light blue paint to its base and rubbed patterned formica covering to the top, which is bordered with aluminium beading and blue infill. At one time indigenous throughout the length and breadth of the British Isles - from Liverpool semis to Isle of Wight bungalows - tables such as this, made a hundred years ago or thereabouts, that retain their authentic 1950's updates and subsequent patina are not too easy to find. At just over 42 inches long and 26 inches wide by 30 inches high it will feed four with a squeeze and it has a drawer too so has many other uses. Solid as they come and ready for immediate use once it has had a light clean to rid it of any undesirable grime.

42 by 26 by 30 inches

Price £160    €180.51    $223.79

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Small painted pine kitchen table '50s formica top
Good early 19th century sofa table in mahogany. Top measures approximately 39 by 43 inches open and 39 by 21 inches folded - bordered by satinwood crossbanding and ebony/boxwood stringing. Both drawer, false drawer and sabre legs also with boxwood stringing. Original brasswork feet and castors also as are drawer handles (with the exception of one of those on the false drawer front, which is a near match old replacement). As this attractive and useful table is now getting on for 200 years old it does show signs of use and wear but overall is in really excellent condition and top is unwarped or bowed. Height is just under 29 inches.

Price £645    €727.69    $902.16

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Early 19th century mahogany sofa table
Mid 18th century mahogany bureau that I purchased from the Countess of Arran, present incumbent of Castle Hill, some 25 years ago when the family were having a 'spring clean' of the stable block and attics. Possibly estate made (due to some features including drawer linings of beech) this bureau likely lived all its life in this grand North Devon mansion and if this is indeed the case would be a survivor of the fire of 1934 which destroyed a good part of the building. Probably demoted to lesser rooms or even servants quarters at some time it certainly shows its age being 'battered but unbowed' with a good proportions and a particularly attractive interior fit up. Kept for myself with the intention of carrying out sympathetic restoration but now redundant due to a secretare bookcase taking its intended place it awaits an appreciative owner - perhaps from North Devon with this piece's historic links to that part of the world. All brasses are the originals (one is missing and will have to be replicated), the hideous later bottom plinth cum brackets must be cast aside and replaced with ogee or appropriate bracket feet and various damage made good. Within one of the small compartments was Countess Fortescue's ivory Red Cross fob engraved with her name from circa WW1 and this will go to the purchaser (providing the full price is paid for the bureau) along with written provenance if so desired. It is some 40 inches wide and high with a depth of just over 21 inches.

Price £345    €389.23    $482.55

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C18th bureau from Castle Hill Fortescue estate
A Walnut Pier Cabinet with glazed door and shelved interior covered in original crushed velvet lining. The walnut veneered cabinet is enhanced with brass mounts and beading and inlaid. 30" wide x 12" deep x 38" high approx

Price £295.00    €332.82    $412.62

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Victorian Walnut Pier Cabinet
A single mahogany Georgian chair of exceptional quality with drop in seat. Separated from its twins many years ago it has more recently served as part of a harlequin set and at the head of the table as befits its undoubted status. A truly lovely piece from an age of craftsmanship that is but a distant memory and one which will give its new owner much pleasure as a well as a subject for conversation as to how long its like would take to make (providing could fine the person do it) and what the cost would be - let alone sourcing the correct timber.

Price £240    €270.77    $335.69

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A single Georgian mahogany chair
Oak framed overmantle mirror with heavy bevelled plate. Fashionable, we are told, worn gilding to frame and areas of age related imperfection in mirror - as in photos. Reflective qualities however still excellent and totally usable providing you like that lived-with and aged look. Measures 25 by 43 inches.

Price £150    €169.23    $209.81

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Bevelled glass overmantel mirror - distressed
These mahogany framed Victorian arm chairs were re-upholstered in dusky taupe velvet some years ago to go together in the study of a Dartmoor home. Although in no way a matched pair they compliment each other well and have a mellow, inviting, lived in look that has come about with use. Ready to be welcomed into your house and join the rest of the period furnishings where they will harmonise well with various colour schemes. We'd prefer them to remain together at £575 or would sell separately for £300 each.

Price £575    €648.72    $804.25

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Victorian button back arm chairs
George III drop leaf sofa table in mahogany on quadrafoil base with original 'lion paw' castors. Fully opened it measures 44 inches by 42 with an overall height of 28 inches so it is suitable for a variety of uses other than its original, but at the same time does not consume too much space when its flaps are down. Top does have a modicum of marking and and abrasions but is level and firm when extended. Tables such as this are amzing value for the money at present! - £365

Price £365    €411.79    $510.53

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Georgian mahogany drop leaf sofa table