An early 18th. Century walnut and feather banded bureau with stepped fitted interior of drawers and pigeon holes around a central door all above four graduated drawers and raised on bracket feet. There is a secret compartment hidden in one of the pigeon holes which bears the inscription “Wagstaff” followed by some further letters and numbers. One of the main drawers bears the initials R W which suggests the piece was once owned by a Robert or Richard Wagstaff.
The interior has a false bottom behind the door which slides to reveal a further secret compartment and the two flanking columns also slide forward to show further secret compartments.
Price :£ 4,650
H:40”, 102 cms, W:36”, 92 cms, D:20.5”, 52 cms.