Something a little different for today’s blog. This charming little original 1930’s wind-up Charlie Chaplin toy by the celebrated German maker Schuco came through the door at the weekend. In very good working condition, wind him up and he shuffles/dances around twirling his cane as he goes. Fully wound he runs for approx 15 seconds. Minor damage to the paint work on the face and hands, the felt costume is complete and in good condition. If you would like to give him a new home you’ll find him listed here on ebay.
Delighted to be able to show you some images this excellent longcase clock by Watkin Owen of Llanrwst, probably the most celebrated Welsh clock maker, which is fresh on the floor today having been cleaned and overhauled. Good eight day, five pillar movement by Owen behind a handsome engraved brass face with separate chapter ring, second hand and date display. Fine Conwy valley oak case of beautiful colour and condition with a broken pediment to the hood over distinctive blind fretwork. Original backboard dated 1788 (probably painted over the original chalk date).
The Owen family of Llanrwst, a small market town in the Conwy valley, are probably the most prolific and best known family of 18th century clockmakers in Wales. Watkin Owen (1755-1809) was aged just 21 when his father, the repected clockmaker John Owen died. After establishing himself as head of the business, he improved and refined his father’s works, adding a fifth pillar to the movement and producing a remarkable number of clocks of consistantly high quality and reliability housed in excellent regional cases. For more information about Watkin Owen you can’t beat the remarkable study of his output which makes up the bulk of Colin and Mary Brown’s book The Clockmakers of Llanrwst.
This useful little oak bureau is a good early 20th.c. reproduction of an early Georgian style. Of solid oak construction with pollard oak panells. With a nice fitted interior featuring a slide to give access to a well in place of the top drawer. This was a design feature of the original providing a secure space which was inacessible when the fall was locked shut. Excellent colour and condition. Key supplied.
Dimensions: width: 30″, depth 18″, height 38″.
More good quality Edwardian furniture here in the shape of this very useful nest of three tables by the celebrated British cabinet makers Waring & Gillow. Burr walnut veneered tops with mahogany crossbanding over delicate turned mahogany legs.
Dimensions: width 23″, depth 15″, height 24″.
A notable new arrival this week is this late 19th.c. mahogany display cabinet c.1890. Super quality timber, crisply carved with blind fretwork, fluted sides, a floral centre panel and attractively shaped tracery across the glazing. In exceptional condition, retaining the plush lining to the shelves as well the original bevelled glass and mirrored back. What really lifts the cabinet above it’s more run of the mill contemporaries, however, is the stylish mirrored top supported on either side by three beautifully shaped turned columns suggestive of the art nouveau and arts and crafts movements of the period.
Dimensions: width 49″, depth 18″, height 80″.
A wonderful suite of Edwardian bedroom furniture by the celebrated British maufacturer Marple & Co. once the largest furniture manufacturer and retailer in the world and reknown for the exceptional quality of their wares. Comprising triple wardrobe/clothes press, dressing table and a pair of marble top bedside drawers. All are of the finest quality, beautifully inlaid and crossbanded with exotic timbers, with solid hardwood linings and sides, retaining all the original handles and latches and clearly marked Maple & Co. throughout.
Wardrobe – width 87″, depth 22″, height 84″.
Dressing Table – width 49″, depth 24″, height 63″.
Bedside Cabinets – width 15″, depth 24″, height 29″.
As the small walnut chest of drawers featured here on the 26th has sold already here is another to take its place. Even narrower, just 19″ wide, and of superior quality featuring matched bookleaf burr walnut veneers, attractively inlaid and crossbanded with mahogany. With solid oak drawer linings, original brass handles and raised on short Queen Anne style legs. Excellent colour and condition, a very useful little chest.
Dimensions: width 19″, depth 17″, height 44″.
We have rarely seen such a delightful case as on this early 19th.c. clock with eight day works by Owen Owens of Pwllheli c.1825. An oak case carved and inlaid with panels, parquetry and stringing in numerous timbers and topped with a carved mahogany pediment featuring a gorgeous little bird at the centre. Original throughout, the works have been cleaned and overhauled. We haven’t touched the face but it could be re-inked (restoring the numerals and name) for £100.
Dimensions: width 22″, depth 9″, height 88″.
Restored and repolished in the workshop, this Edwardian mahogany display cabinet c.1910 is out on the shop floor today. Of unusual design with a large single bowed glass door between narrow side cupboards with excellent quality inlaid door panels featuring mother of pearl flower heads. Raised on an elegent base with narrow legs and a single shelf. Original lining and handles. Excellent condition. Keys supplied.
Dimensions: width 48″, depth 13″, height 66″.
Last post for today is this splendid Edwardian Sheraton style, inlaid and crossbanded mahogany gentleman’s clothes press, which is new on the shop floor this afternoon having been freshly French polished in the workshop. Loads of useful storage here, originally designed for clothes but such a handsome piece would work very nicely in a living or dining room. Great quality typical of the period with oak lined drawers and slides, beautiful oval door panels with solid brass centre molding below a fluted cornice and retaining all its original handles. Excellent condition, ready for another hundred years of everyday use. Key supplied. A great practical design, it splits into 3 sections plus top for ease of delivery.
Dimensions: width 78″, depth 20″, height 48″.