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High Quality Victorian Figured and Birds Eye Maple Linen Press c. 1880

A particularly good quality linen press dressed with birds eye maple veneers
c. 1880
48 inches wide, 23.5 inches deep, 83 inches high.

For metric please multiply by 2.5
Full Description
A particularly good quality linen press dressed with birds eye maple veneers and with delicate featherbanded borders to the drawer, canted sides, doors and cornice - inlays of walnut strung with ebony and satinwood. In our view this is a London made example probably Maple or Holland and Sons.

The interior is figured maple throughout, and this extends to the inner faces of the side panels and top board. The interior is arranged as four pull out linen slides over two short and one long drawers each with original flush fitted brass handles.

This is a beautiful press and the colour is warm, even and rich.

The press is practical and everything works as it should. The lock to the upper doors and lower drawer are both original and have working keys. Both locks are by Hobbs & Co of London. Arthur Hobbs locks were considered even higher quality than Bramah in the 19th Century and were used by the top makers.

Fully panelled back consistent with a quality London made press and full mahogany linings to slides and drawers - all with fine dovetailed joints. The inner faces of the doors to the press also with beautiful polished mahogany fielded panels.

As shown on our photographs there are the usual minor and typical restorations, small nibbles, depletions and bruises consistent with 150 years of age and careful use. On the side panels there are some darker marks and a few chips to the veneers along the lower waist where the upper press fits into the drawer base but again not unusual, significant or unpleasant.

The press dismantles into three sections - cornice, press and base - for transport.

A very pretty and solid Victorian linen press made c. 1880