This is a fantastic dining set comprising an antique Victorian solid mahogany D-end dining table, C1870 in date, with a set of twelve bespoke swag back dining chairs.
The beautiful table is in stunning flame mahogany and has four leaves of approximately 45 cm each, which can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion by a special winding mechanism.
It stands on four elegantly carved and fluted legs that terminate in their original elegant brass and porcelain castors, and the legs detach for ease of transport.
The absolutely fantastic bespoke English-made set of twelve swag back dining chairs have been masterfully hand crafted in beautiful solid flame mahogany throughout and the finish and attention to detail on display are truly breathtaking.
The set comprises ten side chairs and two armchairs, all of which feature an attractive swag back design with hand carved decoration and ‘drop in’ seats that are upholstered in the finest olive green alkantara fabric.
It is a very impressive dining set which is sure to contribute to successful dinner parties.
In excellent condition the table having been beautifully restored and the chairs polished and upholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 75 x Width 350 x Depth 142 – fully extended
Height 75 x Width 167 x Depth 142 – closed
Height 89 x Width 50 x Depth 48 – Chairs
Height 89 x Width 54 x Depth 50 – Armchairs
Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.5 x Width 137.8 x Depth 55.9 – fully extended
Height 29.5 x Width 65.7 x Depth 55.9 – closed
Height 35.0 x Width 19.7 x Depth 18.9 – Chairs
Height 35.0 x Width 21.3 x Depth 19.7 – Armchairs
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.
Our reference: 08906b