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The table is very versatile and has five original leaves which can be added or removed as required, so that the size can fit the occasion. The turned legs have been beautifully hand carved and sit on their original brass and white porcelain castors.
This table was made from solid mahogany by a master craftsman, and should last for generations more. Take a look at the amazing and brilliant system of runners that pull out as you extend the table with it's brilliant winding mechanism.
The set of sixteen solid mahogany chairs comprises fourteen side chairs and a pair of armchairs. The chairs have beautiful hand carved decoration. The set has been beautifully French polished to bring out the wonderful colour of the mahogany, and the seat cushions upholstered in a beautiful and elegant fabric.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 80 x Width 453 x Depth 153 - when fully extended
Height 80 x Width 169 x Depth 153 - when closed
Height 85 x Width 52 x Depth 53 - Armchair
Height 85 x Width 48 x Depth 53 - Side chair
Dimensions in inches:
Height 31.5 x Width 178.3 x Depth 60.2 - when fully extended
Height 31.5 x Width 66.5 x Depth 60.2 - when closed
Height 33.5 x Width 20.5 x Depth 20.9 - Armchair
Height 33.5 x Width 18.9 x Depth 20.9 - Side chair
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.
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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