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The table has three original leaves and can comfortably seat ten. It has been hand-crafted from solid mahogany which has a beautiful grain and colour as it has been faded to a beautiful golden mahogany colour by the sun.
The three leaves can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion by a special winding mechanism and it sits on it's original brass and porcelain castors which makes it easy to move when required.
The fantastic English made set of ten Sheraton style Shield back dining chairs, comprises eight chairs and two armchairs, all of which feature an attractive shield back design and 'drop in' seats that are upholstered in a beautiful fabric.
These chairs have been masterfully crafted in beautiful solid mahogany with hand carved decoration throughout, and the finish and attention to detail on display are truly breathtaking.
This stunning set will stand out in your living or conference room and will definitely become a key piece in your furnishing collection.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored and upholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 78 x Width 295 x Depth 130 - Table Open
Height 78 x Width 164 x Depth 130 - Table Closed
Height 96 x Width 51 x Depth 50 - armchairs
Height 96 x Width 57 x Depth 53 - chairs
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 9 feet, 8 inches x Depth 4 feet, 3 inches - Table Open
Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 5 feet, 5 inches x Depth 4 feet, 3 inches - Table Closed
Height 3 feet, 2 inches x Width 1 foot, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches - armchairs
Height 3 feet, 2 inches x Width 1 foot, 10 inches x Depth 1 foot, 9 inches - chairs
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.
Our reference: 06674a
318 Green Lanes