This is a magnificent dining set comprising a solid mahogany antique Victorian dining table Circa 1870 in date and a bespoke set of twelve swag back dining chairs.
This beautiful table is circular in shape when all the leaves are removed, is made from superb flame mahogany and has five leaves of approximately 55 cm each, which can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion by a special winding mechanism.
It stands on five elegantly carved and reeded legs that terminate in their original elegant brass and brown porcelain castors.
The fantastic bespoke English made set of twelve Regency style dining chairs have been masterfully crafted in beautiful solid mahogany.
The set comprises ten chairs and two armchairs, all of which feature an attractive swag back design and ‘drop in’ seats that have been upholstered in a sumptuous olive green fabric.
It is a very impressive set which is sure to contribute to successful dinner parties.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored and the chairs reupholstered in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 76.5 x Width 428 x Depth 145 – table fully extended
Height 76.5 x Width 145 x Depth 145 – with all leaves removed
Height 89 x Width 51 x Depth 57 – chairs
Height 92 x Width 56 x Depth 61 – armchairs
Dimensions in inches:
Height 30.1 x Width 168.5 x Depth 57.1 – table fully extended
Height 30.1 x Width 57.1 x Depth 57.1 – with all leaves removed
Height 35.0 x Width 20.1 x Depth 22.4 – chairs
Height 36.2 x Width 22.0 x Depth 24.0 – 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: 09045b