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This amazing table has four leaves which can be added or removed as required as required to suit the occasion by a special winding mechanism, they can be easily removed and stored away when not required.
It has been hand crafted from solid mahogany, which is not only strong, but has a beautiful figured grain. It stands on four elegant reeded legs that terminate in their original brass and brown porcelain castors.
The set of fourteen Victorian style bar back chairs comprise twelve side chairs and a pair of armchairs. They are of solid mahogany and have been polished and reupholstered so they are in excellent condition.
Whatever the function of this gorgeous set, it will make a profound impression on your dinner guests or clients and will receive the maximum amount of attention wherever it is placed.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored and reupholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 77 x Width 353 x Depth 144 - When fully extended
Height 77 x Width 145 x Depth 144 - when completely closed
Height 89 x Width 50 x Depth 48 - Armchair
Height 88 x Width 54 x Depth 50 - Side chair
Dimensions in inches:
Height 30.3 x Width 139.0 x Depth 56.7 - When fully extended
Height 30.3 x Width 57.1 x Depth 56.7 - when completely closed
Height 35.0 x Width 19.7 x Depth 18.9 - Armchair
Height 34.6 x Width 21.3 x Depth 19.7 - Side chair
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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