Antique English Victorian Carved Oak High Back Hall Monks Bench Settle (Circa 1870)


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Object Description

This is a fine quality antique Victorian carved solid oak carved high back hall bench settle, with storage box below, circa 1880, in excellent original condition. Ideal for use in the hallway for storing shoes & boots etc.

• Circa: 1880
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance England, UK
• Item: Hall Bench
• Wood: Solid Oak
• High back
• Foliate scroll carved pediment
• Moulded top rail
• Overlapping scale carved rails with central flowerhead
• Floral & foliate carved panel with diamond lozenge & carved faces to back rest & front
• Floral lozenge side panels
• Down-swept carved arms terminating on carved lions
• Lift up moulded panelled seat
• Storage box below seat – ideal for shoes
• Moulded plinth
• Original polish & patination
• Pegged construction
• Solid in joint
• Lovely colour & patination
• Excellent condition & quality
• Free delivery to mainland England, Wales & Southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns policy

This is a fine quality antique Victorian carved solid oak carved high back bench settle, with storage box below, circa 1880, in excellent original condition. The settle comprises a high back, boasting a foliate scroll carved pediment, above a moulded top rail. Below, the back displays overlapping scale carved top- and bottom rails, which include central flowerhead carvings. The back also boasts a central raised panel, comprising a central carved face, surrounded by foliate carving and diamond lozenge, surrounded by further foliate scroll carving and flanked by flowerhead carvings. Joining the back and seat are down-swept reeded, segmented-carved arms, terminating on carved armrests in the shape of a lion’s body and head, which stare at each other across the seat. The moulded panelled seat lifts up to reveal a large storage area, which is ideal for storing shoes and boots in the hallway! Below the seat, the front of the settle displays a further carved panel, with a central flowerhead, flanked by further carved faces, surrounded by foliate-filled lozenge and foliate scroll carvings. The settle rests on the original moulded plinth.

The settle features a rich mid-brown oak colour. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour, depth and patination this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received. It is impossible to re-create this colour if it has been re-polished.

This item would look superb in a variety of rooms from the hallway or kitchen. This item would certainly grace any home and a great investment, as it’s an extremely functional item. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.

External Height = 109.5cm or 43⅛” or 3ft 7⅛”
External Width = 105.7cm or 41⅝” or 3ft 5⅝”
External Depth = 47.7cm or 18¾” or 1ft 6¾”
Seat Height = 44cm or 17⅜” or 1ft 5⅜”
Seat Width = 82.6cm or 32½” or 2ft 8½”
Seat Depth = 42cm or 16½” or 1ft 4½”
Arm Height = 65.3cm or 25¾” or 2ft 1¾”
Back Height = 65.5cm or 25¾” or 2ft 1¾”

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland (anywhere south of Stirling). *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland; for example, the Isle of Man, Isle of White and Channel Islands. If you live in one of the areas where we do not offer free delivery, please contact us for a delivery quote before purchasing the item. Delivery will be made by our specialised antique furniture delivery service, or in some cases we will use a courier service for distant deliveries.

Delivery times are usually 1-4 weeks depending on location; we aim to deliver the majority of items within 2 weeks. All items are professionally packaged and fully insured in transit, therefore, we can assure you, your items will be securely protected in transit and arrive safely with you.

Once you have purchased an item, we will contact you by email and/or telephone and provide you with a provisional delivery date, in order for you to confirm if it is suitable for you. Once you have confirmed you can accept delivery on the provisional delivery date, we will book the delivery in with our shippers and it then becomes a confirmed delivery date.

We will also provide you with our shippers’ contact details, in case you need to contact the driver on the day of delivery. It’s helpful if you can provide us with both the landline and mobile telephone number, in case the driver cannot reach you on one of the numbers on the day of delivery, they can contact you on your alternative number.

In order to be able to offer you free delivery, it is based on a 1-man delivery only. For any large items that require 2 people to lift the item, we ask that you are available at the time of delivery to be able to give our shipper a lift off the van and into your house with the item. If you are not able to lift items yourself, we ask that you have someone on hand at the time of delivery to assist our shipper with lifting the item.

Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy (from the date you receive the item) is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you (we do not charge a return fee / collection fee). You will be given a full refund as long as the item is returned in the same condition. We will collect returns using our own specialist furniture delivery company. We will not accept returns via a courier service (due to experience of damaged items in transit). This refund policy only applies to deliveries to the UK.

UK Buyer Payment:
For UK buyers, we accept cash on collection or delivery; cheque, credit card, BACS (free bank to bank transfer) or PayPal. Payment is requested within 5 days of the sale. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered.

International Buyers:
If you live outside the UK and you would like to purchase this item, please contact us before purchasing it, so that we can obtain an accurate shipping quote and delivery lead-time. The shipping quote provided is a global estimate only. The actual shipping cost will vary by country and postcode. Due to the distances and costs involved with shipping outside the UK, a returns policy is therefore not available for international buyers. Before placing your order(s) please make sure this is the item for you. We request payment by bank transfer (we do not accept payment via PayPal, credit or debit cards for international purchases). Payment is requested within 10 days of the purchase. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered to our shippers. The advertised price of the item does not include the shipping cost, sales tax, import duty or custom fees.

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About the Seller:
This item is being sold by Yola Gray Antiques who is an accredited member of LAPADA (the UK’s largest Trade Association of Professional Art and Antique Dealers) and CINOA. CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations. All LAPADA & CINOA members abide by their strict code of practice by adhering to reputable standards of quality, expertise and integrity.

Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Please visit the Yola Gray website at for further items and information.

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Object Condition

This hall bench is in excellent original condition. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges, frame, sides and drawer bottoms, but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The bench has been traditionally wax polished by hand in our workshop, to a professional standard, therefore, the finish, colour and patination is excellent. The original hinges are in good working order. The settle retains its original polish, featuring a rich mid-brown oak colour. There are no breaks to the carvings, back, arms or base of the settle. The settle is well constructed, solid in joint and is ready to be used.

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Dealer Location

Unit 4
Organsdale Farm
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