Constructed in Ebony and Macassar Ebony: rising on square section castor shod feet, the lower part having two drawers fitted with brass pulls, flanked by gilt reeded stiles; over, two doors dressed with brass sunbursts at the angles, enclose a fitted interior, with sliding shelves: a Wedgwood type basalt plaque depicting Grecian maids at an altar is set into the ceinture, and having a running dentil moulding above. The platform having a gallery, with bats wing spandrels supporting a Doric triangular pediment. Signed to the top drawer, ‘Lamb of Manchester’.
British cabinetmakers, and commissioned work from notable designers, such as Bruce Talbert and Alfred Waterhouse, the designer of Manchester Town Hall. The quality of the firm's work was consistently high, and received the judges’ commendation for their ‘Art Furniture’ at the 1862 London Great Exhibition, exhibited at the Paris 1867 Exposition Universelle, and won a Gold Medal First Class for a cabinet in the Paris 1878 exhibition. Lamb's main market however, was the new and aspiring middle-classes living in and around Manchester, newly enriched by the industrial revolution.