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There is no mistaking the style and sophisticated design of this exquisite English antique Victorian flame mahogany extending dining table. This amazing table has four original leaves which can be added or removed as required by a special double action winding mechanism and can comfortably seat twelve people.
The table sits on its finely turned and reeded legs that terminate in their original brass and brown porcelain castors.
The set of twelve matching balloon back chairs are hand carved solid mahogany and comprise ten side chairs and a two armchairs.
In excellent condition the table and chairs having been beautifully restored and and the chairs reupholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 76 x Width 373 x Depth 139 - Table when fully extended
Height 76 x Width 158 x Depth 139 - Table when closed
Height 94 x Width 57 x Depth 46 - Armchairs
Height 90 x Width 50 x Depth 44 - Chairs
Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.9 x Width 146.9 x Depth 54.7 - Table when fully extended
Height 29.9 x Width 62.2 x Depth 54.7 - Table when closed
Height 37.0 x Width 22.4 x Depth 18.1 - Armchairs
Height 35.4 x Width 19.7 x Depth 17.3 - Chairs
Thomas Sheraton - 18th century furniture designer, once characterized mahogany as "best suited to furniture where strength is demanded as well as a wood that works up easily, has a beautiful figure and polishes so well that it is an ornament to any room in which it may be placed." Matching his words to his work, Sheraton designed much mahogany furniture. The qualities that impressed Sheraton are particularly evident in a distinctive pattern of wood called "flame mahogany."
The flame figure in the wood is revealed by slicing through the face of the branch at the point where it joins another element of the tree.
Mahogany is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.
Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.
Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect.
Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).
Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.
Winding Mechanism for extending tables
A man by the name of Samuel Hawkins applied for a patent on a screw expander on June 6th, 1861. Presumably, Mr. Hawkins either died or retired because his business was taken over by a young machinist named Joseph Fitter in 1864.
Joseph Fitter operated a machinist shop where he produced winding mechanisms for extending tables as well as screw expanders for piano stools and other applications at 210 Cheapside, Birmingham England by the name of Britannia Works.
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